Cipro 28,000 Deaths and Counting…

Reported and adjusted adverse events for Cipro and it’s generic ciprofloxacin (and derivatives) from 1996 through August 2019.   The FDA admits that only between 1% and 10% of all adverse events to pharmaceuticals ever get reported (1). 

Report Cases

Total Cases 41,507
Serious Cases (including deaths) 33,056
Death Cases 2,839

Adjusted Cases for 10% Reporting 

Total Cases 415,070
Serious Cases (including deaths) 330,560
Death Cases 28,390

Obviously, if the data was adjusted for 1% the numbers would be much, much higher.  From the data it is hard to extrapolate exact percentage of reporting.  It is probably variable between 1% and 10%, so, using the FDA’s admission, 10% is a conservative figure for the upper, or best, scenario.

(1) Heinrich, J. (2000, February 1). Adverse drug events: Substantial problem but magnitude uncertain. Testimony Before the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, U.S. Senate. United States General Accounting Office (US GAO). Available at http://www.gao.gov/new.items/he00053t.pdf

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David experienced an adverse event to the the fluoroquinolone Levaquin in 2007 at age 46. Prior to, he was a healthy law enforcement official. Now, disabled with drug induced mitochondrial disease/dysfunction, he is an FQ patient safety advocate, citizen scientist, FQ researcher, author, and commentator. He has contributed to case studies and published academic papers on the FQ’s in the BMJ, European Journal of Medicine, The Journal of Community and Supportive Oncology, Oxford Academic Clinical infectious Diseases, and contributed data to many more outlets.

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