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Bayer, Merck Hit In Pa. Court Over Avelox Nerve Damage

Law360, New York (May 26, 2015, 4:16 PM EDT) -- Bayer Corp. and Merck & Co. Inc. downplayed the risk of permanent nerve damage posed by the antibiotic Avelox and have promoted the drug for minor conditions that can be treated with safer medications, according to a complaint filed in Pennsylvania court on Friday.

Plaintiff Jacqueline Whitters alleged that she developed irreversible peripheral neuropathy after taking Avelox between 2012 and 2013 and accused the defendants of responding to reports of nerve problems with an amended label that understated the drug’s risks.

“Rather than warning patients and physicians that the use of Avelox may result in permanent nerve damage, defendants instead adopted...

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