Consumer lawyer has Pharmaceutical company in her sights

Brian Joss – Consumer attorney Trudie Broekman of Broekman Attorneys in the Bo-Kaap is tackling a pharmaceutical company on behalf of patients, one from George, who reportedly suffered severe side-effects after taking a class of antibiotics, quinolone or fluoroquinolone), prescribed by their medical practitioners.

The brands include Ciprobay, Levofloxacin, Ciprofloxacin, Levofloxacin, Moxifloxacin, Avelon, Moxibay, Levoflaxacin, Bayquin, Avebact, Tavenic and Cifran.

Ms Broekmann said  one of her clients, a 74-year-old outdoor enthusiast was admitted to hospital for a bladder infection.

 “After being prescribed Ciprobay and Levofloxacin he developed intense pain in his shoulder. A physiotherapist was called in but the pain was so severe that she could not administer effective treatment. He was discharged and prescribed an additional course of oral quinolone antibiotics. Later he developed intense pain in both hips, which improved after his physician recommended that he immediately stop taking the medication. However, an orthopaedic surgeon described the man’s shoulder ‘as a bloody mess and it could not be repaired’,”  Ms Broekmann said.  A woman, 73, who was treated with Levofloxacin for a sinus infection, developed pain in her heel but did not think it was related to the use of the antibiotic. Her sinus reoccurred and after her GP prescribed Levofloxacin again, her Achilles tendon snapped, and, according to the surgeon, it looked as if the tendon had been eaten away,  and she was left with a substantial hole in her calf. She has had four skin graftsge and to other operations to repair the damage, allegedly caused by the antibiotic.

Another claimant alleges that her optical nerve was damaged as a result of using Levofloxacin.

Ms Broekmann said there is relief for the alleged victims and these claims are usually settled by confidential mediation.  

Patients can contact Trudie Broekmann Attorneys on 021 4220/269 or mailto:trudie@broekmann.co.za and visit: to see a complete list of the brand names of quinolone and fluoroquinolone antibiotics,

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