NBC Charlotte 6:09 a.m. EST February 25, 2015 http://www.wcnc.com/story/news/health/2015/02/24/devastating-side-effects-prompt-local-push-to-ban-antibiotic/23977183/ It is a commonly prescribed antibiotic-- doctors offer it for everything from urinary tract infections to sinus infections. But a local mom is pushing to get Levaquin off the shelves after she suffered devastating side effects. And a drug watchdog group is pushing the FDA for tougher warning labels. Shannon Myers is trying to slyly wrap his Valentine's day gift for wife Adrienne. The two are very much in love and very much a team– no matter what. "Every day you push through it, you push through it because you have to," Adrienne says. Adrienne endures grueling physical therapy several times a week; the 36-year-old mother of two struggles to walk. "It's very painful for me, just because my Achilles hurts really bad, so in order for me to not lose strength in my legs, I have to do this. I just have to bear the pain." It started last summer. Adrienne was diagnosed with a sinus infection; doctors prescribed Levaquin, the brand name for a drug called Levofloaxacin. A few days into the prescription she says, "I started having issues with my legs-- my legs hurt, they burn, felt like I walked up hill all day, my feet hurt, I had problems with my eyes, my vision started becoming kind of blurred." It took three months and four doctors to come up with a diagnosis. Dr. Ki Jung, Adrienne's neurologist, says the Levaquin caused tendinopathy and peripheral neuropathy. He says he helped rule other things out and worked on a timeline to figure out what happened. Jung says, "I told Adrienne, let's put a timeline to this and see where we are and then see if we can tease out any correlations; that's really where we were able to get to the notion that this was a Levaquin problem." "So basically the drug attacked her nerves and tendons?" "Correct, in terms of a side effect profile." Adrienne was shocked. "He said unfortunately you have nerve damage from taking Levaquin." Dr. Charles Bennett chairs a drug watchdog agency at the University of South Carolina. He was not at all surprised to hear Adrienne's story. "I'm not surprised. I've been working on this for years. This woman is a story that's replicated in city after city, case after case." He recently petitioned the FDA for new, what's called black box warnings for Levaquin, those are bold warnings meant to grab your attention. The FDA already required black box warnings in 2008, warning of possible tendon rupture and muscle weakness. And in 2013 the FDA required a label change warning of nerve damage. Bennett says the FDA's own stats show 1200 people have died and nearly 100,000 have suffered side effects from Levaquin or Levofloaxcin. "Thankfully it's not life threatening for me. I'm very fortunate that it has not been a life threatening thing for me, so I think about the positive and hopefully my nerves will regenerate themselves and become healthy again," Adrienne says. Her husband Shannon just wishes he could take away her pain. "It makes you wish, just like anybody you love, you could go back and do something about it. Like wish you had more time, researched more, maybe take it off her shoulders a little bit and put it on yours." NBC Charlotte reached out to Levaquin for a statement. They responded Tuesday evening: "LEVAQUIN® (levofloxacin) Tablets is part of an important class of anti-infective prescription medications that have been used for more than 20 years to treat infections, including those that may be serious or life threatening. When used according to the product labeling, LEVAQUIN® has been proven to have a favorable benefit-risk profile." The best advice: ask your doctor and your pharmacist to go over the possible side effects of this drug-- or any other for that matter, and if you have concerns, ask for an alternative.
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Dr. Jeff Baldwin discusses the facts and dangers of expired medications.
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A growing group of people is pressing the FDA for more warnings on a powerful class of drugs. Subscribe to our YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/user/WMARabc2news ◂ ABC2 News offers comprehensive local news, Maryland's most accurate weather forecast and sports coverage for Baltimore and all of Maryland. Breaking news and severe weather coverage are delivered with live streaming video. ABC2, WMAR-TV, is Maryland's Source for Online Video, News, and Weather. For more download the ABC2 mobile app: http://abc2news.com/mobile
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The popular antibiotic Cipro may have applications for survival storage. Uses, dosages, side effects and warnings by Dr. Joseph Alton, aka Dr. Bones. http://www.doomandbloom.net/ http://store.doomandbloom.net/ Amoxicillin Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3itFgOk6vk
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Part 1 of a 4-Video Series In this video, Dr. Devon Coughlin discusses which vitamins, minerals, and nutrients are depleted when taking antibiotics and antacids. Subscribe to RCHC’s channel for more health tips! Website: https://www.revolutionchiropracticnj.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rchcnj
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What could be more harmless than baby powder? Quite a few products on the shelves, as it turns out. The latest lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson claims the company’s failed to warn women of a link between talcum powder products and ovarian cancer. RT America’s Anya Parampil reports. Find RT America in your area: http://rt.com/where-to-watch/ Or watch us online: http://rt.com/on-air/rt-america-air/ Like us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/RTAmerica Follow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/RT_America
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FDA hosted meeting Thursday in Silver Spring to discuss the safety and labeling of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones. ◂ ABC2 News offers comprehensive local news, Maryland's most accurate weather forecast and sports coverage for Baltimore and all of Maryland. Breaking news and severe weather coverage are delivered with live streaming video. ABC2, WMAR-TV, is Maryland's Source for Online Video, News, and Weather. For more download the ABC2 mobile app: http://abc2news.com/mobile
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This week's question: I just realized after taking an azithromycin tablet that it is over six months expired. What is going to happen? It was stored in a Ziploc bag in a closet. This BJC Help for Your Health video is intended as a reference and information source only. If you suspect you have a health problem, you should seek immediate care with the appropriate health care professionals. The information in this video is not a substitute for professional care, and must not be used for self-diagnosis or treatment. Do not start, stop or change medications; or any health, nutritional or exercise program without first consulting your personal physician. BJC HealthCare assumes no liability for the information contained in this video or for its use.
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PT4 Extra Credit whaaaaaat LYRICS: MP, AKA the Independent Pharmacist JB, and we servin' up the whole world Ay, where the Staph at, baby? Ay, where the Strep at, baby? Ay, where the C. diff, baby? Check the labs, you know I ain't tryna blow that, baby Ay, we gon' save that money Ay, we gon' save that money Ay, we gon' save that money What we do? We gon' save that money Med game got it all wrong We ain't 'bout to go and spend money just to flex on them We ain't really got it like y'all I'm a type of pharmacist that'll check the script Do the math, I will always check the trough Those Vancos will not be dosed wrong I ain't 'bout to skip a step for convenience sake I'm at the pharmacy workin' the latest Hold up You ain't heard of Lil J & MP, the Pharm D majors? What you know about the school we went to? Saving patients money since 2013 I wear the same white lab coat everyday Free abx? Publix, I’m on the way Treat SSTIs at least for 5 days Ancef to Keflex they still work the same I get knowledge for drug recs from my teacher Nate Thanks Nate! Ay, where the Staph at, baby? Ay, where the Strep at, baby? Ay, where the C. diff, baby? Check the labs, you know I ain't tryna blow that, baby Ay, we gon' save that money Ay, we gon' save that money Ay, we gon' save that money What we do? We gon' save that money All my drugs are generic, check that algorithm All my patients on quinolones, put that sunblock on em All them med students actin thoughtless, can’t disregard ‘em All them med students actin' holy, ain't got no guidelines I can teach a lil intern somethin' like a teacher I can take his butt to school fresh as hell, too eager I can make him learn IDSA recs like a Pharm D I can... Jenn what's this have to do with antibiotics though? You know what, let me check the guidelines just in case I ain't fillin’ cause culture's positive, homie Only for pregnancy and that TURP, homie E.Coli, get a clean catch, homie UTI dx guaranteed Bactrim for 5 days BID, but be aware Sulfa allergy? Got yo Macrobid right over there Non compliant? Monurol just one dose, I don’t even care That applies to UTIs down below Upper UTI Ciproflox got the motherfreakin’ fam on it Half a gram PO twice a day on it Resistance in the hospital? All your patients on it The hell you docs prescribin for? Too many scripts for it! Ay, where the Staph at, baby? Ay, where the Strep at, baby? Ay, where the C. Diff, baby? Check the labs, you know I ain't tryna blow that, baby Ay, we gon' save that money Ay, we gon' save that money Ay, we gon' save that money What we do? We gon' save that money I ain't never give a drug without a culture Pneumonia, hard with the Strepto Gotta check that CURB score though Never admit less than 2 though Do they need ICU though? Empiric treatment, better give ‘em double coverage yo Levaquin 750 on IV Just add Rocephin QD What you talkin' about? MRSA up in the lungs, add Vanco Five days later, clinically stable Boy go home, when healthy, got Zithro CAP core measures: Readmit? Hell no Check the pills on my shelves, I ain't playin' around It's MP, Lil J, we the best in town All the drugs getting checked, can you blame me now? You thinking Cipro 400 for your CAP will work, well it really won’t! Ay, where the Staph at, baby? Ay, where the Strep at, baby? Ay, where the C. diff, baby? Check the labs, you know I ain't tryna blow that, baby Ay, we gon' save that money Ay, we gon' save that money Ay, we gon' save that money What we do? We gon' save that money Everyone these patients tryna play And lately I've been saving up crazy Stacking up, all about the Ben, baby 800k for the hospital, baby If you had an abscess and you got prescribed Flagyl Cuz the doctor be prescribin’ it without a word a caution And you get your C&S and it says its not C. diff Better get em on the line and tell em there’s a problem Like Ohh, don't overprescribe for that Don't overprescribe, we like Ohh, don't overprescribe for that Don't do it to yourself Cause I might just ask what the culture grew What the culture grew That's the only differentiator making this the right rx And that might make work more difficult for you than it need be So think about it, take a minute, let it breathe, B But think about it, bruh, you saw me check the labs & the patient’s presentation After looking at the culture & gettin source control And comparing it to what the difference of the Staph A vs. the C. diff was in making my decision I would hate to be the doctor trying to tell me something different I'mma get their chart in a minute and review This incorrect rx like only a PharmD know how Unless you take that extra Flagyl off I might get loud unless you… Oh, it was just an accident? You didn't even mean that? You didn't even... that was... that's... I'm glad you knew
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