2:16 PM - FDA Admits These Popular Antibiotics Are Dangerous
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the agency charged with preventing harmful drugs from coming to market, recently confessed that certain antibiotics it approved can have “serious side effects” that “generally outweigh the benefits” — an admission sure to give a shot in the arm to a lawsuit claiming that a former FDA commissioner suppressed information about these side effects for personal gain.
On May 12, the FDA issued a safety alert concerning fluoroquinolone antibacterial drugs. Such drugs “are associated with disabling and potentially permanent serious side effects that can occur together,” reads the alert. “These side effects can involve the tendons, muscles, joints, nerves, and central nervous system.” The agency is requiring changes to drug labels to reflect these potential side effects and asking physicians to stop treating patients with the drugs if they experience any of the side effects.