Tequin is a drug belonging to the fluoroquinolone class of antibacterials. It is commonly prescribed to treat bronchitis, pneumonia, sinus problems and infections in the urinary tract, kidneys and skin. In April 2007, the manufacturer of Tequin, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, announced it would cease production of the drug after it had been linked to several diabetic conditions, including hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia.
Patients who have taken Tequin and have been harmed as a result may be entitled to receive compensation for medical expenses and other bills by filing a personal injury lawsuit. In some instances, family members or heirs of the victim can file lawsuits for fatal accidents if the victim dies as a result of Tequin, allowing them to recover compensatory damages for funeral expenses, health bills and other expenses. To receive compensation, it is important that you contact an injury lawyer as soon as possible in order to adhere to your state's statutes of limitations.
Compensation for Tequin Side Effects
After filing a claim for drug mistakes with a personal injury attorney, victims may be awarded compensatory damages for medical expenses, loss of income, lost prospects and pain and suffering. Tequin has been linked to several serious side effects that can dramatically interfere with victims' everyday lives, including:
- Diabetic coma
- Hyperglycemia (high blood sugar)
- Irregular heartbeat
- Muscle damage
- Diabetic ketoacidosis (abnormal blood sugar levels)
- Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
- Liver injury
Tequin has also been linked to deaths caused by diabetic-injury-related complications. In many cases, the family members and/or heirs of those killed as a result of defective drugs are eligible to file survivor claims as a continuation of a deceased victim's personal injury claims. They may also be eligible to file a claim for wrongful death to help pay for funeral expenses, lost future income and emotional distress.
Filing a Tequin Lawsuit
Tequin is an antibiotic that is commonly used to treat respiratory and other infections. The manufacturers stopped marketing and producing the drug after it was linked to diabetic injury; however, some patients may still have access to remaining stock. Many believe that Bristol-Myers Squibb Company failed to properly warn consumers of the potentially life-threatening side effects of Tequin and are therefore attempting to hold the company legally responsible for Tequin-related damages. Depending on the laws of the state in which a lawsuit is filed, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company may be held accountable due to negligence or strict liability theories, the latter of which does not require negligence to be proven.
When You Might Need an Attorney
If you or someone you love has endured harm because of Tequin, you may be entitled to compensation. Personal injury attorneys are able to identify expert testimony and other key components that may help victims build a strong case against Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. In some instances, a lawyer may recommend you join a class action lawsuit, which has the potential to award millions of dollars. They may also recommend family members or heirs of victims file a wrongful death claim against the defective drug manufacturer. After speaking with a defective drug attorney, you can decide which course of action is best for you.
In fall 2004, the FDA required all fluoroquinolone antibiotics to update their packaging to highlight the risk of rare, adverse reactions, including tendon rupture and tendinitis. Fluoroquinolone antibiotics include Cipro, Levaquin, Avelox, Noroxin, Floxin and Tequin.