Johnson & Johnson Denies Liability in Dangerous Drugs Lawsuit

Johnson & Johnson denies liability in dangerous drugs suitAn attorney for Johnson & Johnson has claimed that the drugmaker did not conceal the risks of tendon damage associated with taking the drug Levaquin.

John Schedin had filed a dangerous drugs lawsuit against the company in 2008, claiming he severed both Achilles tendons in his legs as a result of taking Levaquin, Bloomberg reports. Schedin and his dangerous drugs attorney claim that Johnson & Johnson did not adequately warn Schedin, other patients and doctors about the drug’s risks of tendon damage.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) mandated an upgraded warning for Levaquin and similar drugs in 2008, and there have been more than 2,500 other claims alleging tendon damage from the drug’s use. Schedin’s is reportedly the first to go to trial.

“They obfuscated and manipulated the truth for profit,” the plaintiff’s attorney said in his closing argument. “It was a one-drug franchise that was crucial to the health of this company.”

The manufacturer has denied this claim, and has asserted that the warnings it provided were adequate and not deceptive.

According to WebMD, Levaquin carries a certain risk of tendon damage which is heightened in patients over 60 years of age.