Levaquin 26,000 Deaths and Counting…

Reported and adjusted adverse events for Levaquin and it’s generic levofloxacin 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 42,566
Serious Cases (including deaths) 35,973
Death Cases 2,634

Adjusted Cases for 10% Reporting 

Total Cases 425,660
Serious Cases (including deaths) 359,730
Death Cases 26,340

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



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.

2 Responses

  1. Jim Peery says:

    Levaquin killed my wife of 60 years.
    On October 21,2015 my wife Han an aortic
    Dissection of her aorta just above her heart.
    Devastating to me and our family.
    Shame on you drug companies.

    • Admin says:

      Jim, I am so sorry to hear of such tragic news. I wish stories such as yours were uncommon, but there are a lot of families suffering from the loss of loved ones from these horrific medications. God speed.

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