FDA meeting on antibiotics

FDA meeting on antibiotics


BACK IN SEPTEMBER, WE TOLD YOU ABOUT DEBILITATING SIDE EFFECTS LINKED TO A CERTAIN CLASS OF ANTIBIOTICS CALLED FLUORO- QUINOLONES. NOW… AS IN FOCUS INVESTIGATOR TRANG DO EXPLAINS… THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION IS TAKING A CLOSER LOOK AT THESE DRUGS.>TOMORROW THERE’S A JOINT MEETING OF TWO F-D-A ADVISORY COMMITTEES, ONE DEALING WITH ANTI-MICROBIAL DRUGS AND THE OTHER DEALING WITH DRUG SAFETY. THE FOCUS IS ON FLUORO- QUINOLONES… POWERFUL ANTI- BIOTICS MORE COMMONLY KNOWN UNDER THE BRAND NAMES LEVAQUIN, CIPRO AND AVELOX. THE COMMITTEES WILL HEAR FROM INDEPENDENT EXPERTS AND MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC… TO WEIGH TH E RISKS AND BENEFITS OF PRESCRIBING THESE DRUGS FOR SINUS INFECTIONS, U-T-I’S AND FOR BRONCHITIS IN PEOPLE WITH C- O-P-D. ONE OF THE PEOPLE TESTIFYING IS A BALTIMORE WOMAN WHO SAYS TAKING THESE DRUGS OVER THE YEARS LEFT HER WITH PERMANENT NERVE DAMAGE AND OTHER CRIPPLING SIDE EFFECTS.>”WE WANT IT OUT THERE AND WE’RE NOT GOING AWAY UNTIL WE GET CHANGE. THESE ARE SERIOUS DRUGS WITH SERIOUS SIDE EFFECTS AND THAT NEEDS TO BE STOPPED. PEOPLE’S LIVES ARE BEING STOLEN FROM THEM, FROM TAKING AN ANTIBIOTIC.”>OUR IN FOCUS INVESTIGATION FOUND THE F-D-A IS ALREADY AWARE OF A SERIOUS, LIFE-THREATENING SIDE EFFECT CALLED MITOCHRONDRIAL TOXICITY, BUT HAS YET TO ACT ON IT. I’M TOLD THE COMMITTEES ARE LIKELY TO TAKE A VOTE ON WHETHER TO MOVE FORWARD ON THIS ISSUE. WE WILL BE AT THE MEETING TOMORROW AT THE F-D-A CAMPUS IN

4 Replies to “FDA meeting on antibiotics”

  1. Thank you for covering this important and potentially life saving story! I have been suffering from levaquin poisoning since 2006. More than 9 years after taking my final fluoroquinolone pill, I still can not function as well as many 80 year olds. I am 48 and I have a good friend who is 84 and she has had to help me carry groceries because her back and joints are healthier than mine. I was very athletic the until the day I got postnasal drip and took levaquin. Doctors are NOT aware of how dangerous these drugs are. In fact, when I have gone to doctors for help to find treatment for the levaquin side effects, many of those doctors have literally laughed at me and they insisted that levaquin is extremely safe and couldn't possibly cause my long term side effects. SOMEONE has worked hard to convince doctors that these drugs are as safe a candy. Something MUST be done to correct that very dangerous and very wrong perception among so many doctors. They need to know that these antibiotics can completely disable (and even kill) a young, healthy and athletic person. They are far from safe drugs and this has been known for many years. Just look at the peer reviewed studies on mitochondrial toxicity from fluoroquinolones. Thank you for helping to spread awareness.

  2. thank you for covering this story and bringing awareness about the dangers of taking any fluoroquinolone drugs for anything other than last resort as they were intended,not first line choice as they are so often used.hopefully FDA will move swiftly with changes to avoid others from the harms they can cause that myself and many others are suffering with, because so many were not warned of these black box warnings or of the possible permanent adverse reactions that  they cause.with hopes this will go in the direction for finding help also for the so many victims already dealing with the horrid after affects.

  3. Thank you for continuing to cover these stories. I too suffered near 100 side effects from these drugs. I was a runner and was never warned. There was no informed consent! Worse, babies, children and pets are also being harmed and losing their lives over these drugs. I keep wondering when the connects will be made between fibromyalgia, Gulf War Syndrome, the new Ebola syndrome (yep, tons of free Cipro was shipped over to Africa), the anthrax postal workers and employees at offices like Senator Daschle (probably the only group who really needed FQs) and even the recent CDC workers and Fluoroquinolones!?!?!? Millions of people are being affected, they just don't know it until they take them again! I'd taken it twice before.

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