Quoted from http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-01-26/johnson-johnson-wins-jury-verdict-over-levaquin-warning.html
Johnson & Johnson Wins Jury Verdict Over Levaquin Warning
January 26, 2012, 10:29 PM EST
By Margaret Cronin Fisk and Beth Hawkins
Jan. 26 (Bloomberg) -- Johnson & Johnson can’t be held liable for the tendon injuries to a 78-year-old man who said the company didn’t properly warn of the risks of its antibiotic Levaquin, a Minnesota jury said.
Clifford Straka, who blew out two Achilles tendons after taking the drug for pneumonia, sued J&J and its Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical unit in 2008. Straka said his doctor wasn’t aware when she prescribed the drug that Levaquin was linked to an increased risk of tendon damage in elderly patients.
Johnson & Johnson, based in New Brunswick, New Jersey, has denied any failure to warn and contended that Straka needed Levaquin to treat the pneumonia. The Minneapolis federal jury today found that J&J and its unit failed to provide reasonably adequate warnings, while also ruling that this wasn’t the cause of Straka’s injuries. The verdict is the companies’ third straight trial win.