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Selling Fluoroquinolones: James McKinnell MD claims that the new Delafloxacin is safer than the previous FQ's. Of course he is just looking at one data point in the elderly population as opposed to a myriad of other data points that are, just like the older FQ's, routinely ignored altogether; data points that cover serious long term genetic adverse events that affect people over their entire lifetime.

Let's briefly back up at look at where they are missing the boat. Research chemists look at the FQ scaffolding (the base molecule that the drugs are based on) with excitement, seeing endless possibilities in a fairly easy to modify molecular package. The simple problem is, that the base FQ scaffolding is flawed and they don't see it. Had they actually been listening to the patients over the last 30 years or so they would know where to look. The safest FQ's on the market have the propensity for horrific adverse events by directly interacting with the mitochondria in several negative fashions. This interaction, and the subsequent horrific adverse events that ensue, are not even recognized by many mainstream medical professionals. No, I am sorry Dr. McKinnell, you can keep your Delafloxacin or any other drug from the quinolone class.

www.mdmag.com/conference-coverage/idweek-2017/james-mckinnell-md-outcomes-of-delafloxacin-treatme...
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Just a heads up to let you know that the pharmaceutical manufacturer Mylan announced the U.S. launch of Moxifloxacin Hydrochloride, the first AP-rated generic version of Bayer's Avelox®. The product is being marketed and distributed by Mylan's subsidiary, Mylan Institutional, under a final approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for an Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) for this fluoroquinolone antibacterial indicated for treating infections in adults caused by designated susceptible bacteria in community acquired pneumonia, skin and skin structure infections, complicated intra-abdominal infections, plague, acute bacterial sinusitis and acute bacterial exacerbation of chronic bronchitis.

www.gurufocus.com/news/575195/mylan-launches-first-aprated-generic-avelox-injection
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Many, many floxies get diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue (CFS), mainly, due in part, to mitochondrial involvement. Years ago, two forms of treatment were adopted for Chronic Fatigue that were based on flawed/incorrect studies, they were: a gradual increase in exercise and a form of psychotherapy known as cognitive behavioral therapy. These two forms of treatment became the de facto standard of care for Chronic Fatigue because medical and scientific communities largely dismissed the devastating symptoms as illusory or psychological. Sound familiar? This is why many floxies encountered doctors that wanted to refer to physical therapy for graded exercise therapy and/or to a psychologist/psychiatrist for cognitive behavioral therapy.

The problem was that these therapies often did not work. As a matter of fact, in many cases it made matters worse.

This summer, after years of resisting pleas from patients, advocates, and clinicians, the CDC quietly dropped the treatment recommendations from its website. Its decision represents a major victory for the patient community — and for science.

www.statnews.com/2017/09/25/chronic-fatigue-syndrome-cdc/
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An article from Dr. Ben Lynch about the new 23andme v5 chip. Very informative.

www.drbenlynch.com/23andme-v5-chip/
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This website was created to chronicle my experience, observations, and opinions, as I travel through life with damage received after having an adverse event to a fluoroquinolone (FQ) antibiotic, Levaquin. This blog is the second oldest blog of it’s type and is a true grass root’s project, not designed to generate web traffic, income, sell books, or promote lawyers, but instead dedicated to the thousands each year who become chronically affected and disabled by these prescription drugs. This supposed “safe” class of antibiotics are given out in hundreds and thousands of prescriptions daily around the world for routine needs.  Unbeknownst to many, these drugs can cause horrific adverse events that can disable the most healthy of individuals creating long lasting injuries.  These adverse events are considered statistically insignificant by drug companies and the FDA, even though their rate of occurrence is fairly high.
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Often the victims do not know what has befallen them, not suspecting that these drugs could be the cause of their symptoms, especially in those individuals who experience health issues months or years after ingestion. Compounding the problem, the medical community is woefully ignorant to their effects and the long term damages making the suffering endured by these drugs greatly increased. The FDA knows how dangerous these drugs are, and have coined an acronym FQAD (Fluoroquinolone Associated Disability) for the symptoms they see. However, and quite unfortunately, they refuse to act in a responsible manner that would help safeguard the general public. Currently there is no medical cure and no magic bullet.
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Join me as a blog about research, advocacy, and living life after the FQs.  I collect stats on those who are chronically suffering after taking FQ’s. If you are new to this plight, please use caution when treading the Internet waters, the information can be overwhelming, opinions vary, and emotions run high. Unfortunately, like many other Internet communities, there are strong inter-community politics and camps of ideas which should  be also approached lightly by the newcomer.   Having said that, those that are in true need of help and are seeking honest answers to their plight can usually find help and solace. If you are new and want to know What is Floxing?, click here.  Other links that may help is my Guide to Facebook Groups, FQ Faq, the popular What Helps page, which is information gleaned from the floxed community and its free.  
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I receive dozens of emails each week regarding fluoroquinolones, many from newly affected individuals.  Many times it is impossible for me to return all emails in a timely manner, but I try my best.  Please subscribe to my email list using the form in the right hand column.
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Many people email me and ask how I am doing.  I have been dealing with this adverse event for well over ten years.  Although I worked for many years into my reaction I am now, for the most part, functionally disabled due to progressing chronic fatigue/mitochondrial/energy issues.  I have been dealing with what my doctor believes is drug induced mitochondrial disease/dysfunction.   I was able to take an early retirement.  Still, I have a family with young children which takes a large amount of my time, while suffering from severe physical problems of a dreaded delayed Levaquin adverse event.  Still, I like to communicate with those who are chronically suffering from reactions to these drugs to let them know they are not alone. Again, please note, unlike some others, this is a true grass roots blog, a little rough around the edges, not designed to act as an advertisement for law firms, up-sell products, or provide monetary gain, read my monetization policy or pledge.  May you have Godspeed on your journey.
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Metabolomics: Hope For Chronic Floxing?

I believe that metabolomics is going to open a door for giving us insight into chronic fluoroquinolone toxicity and provide insight into treatment options for those chronically suffering.

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FDA Fails to Go The Distance, Yet Again

I am ecstatic about the new label changes. But given the FDA’s past track record, I will not happy until every medical professional, who has the ability to prescribe a FQ, is familiar with the label changes and safety precautions.

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Six New Quinolones In Development

It is this author’s opinion, that anything based on the quinoline pharmacophore synthetic or not, whose history can be traced all the way back to the cinchona tree, has a unique propensity for toxic damage in the human body.

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FDA Shell Game? I Hope Not

I think it was no coincidence that the FDA denied the mitochondrial citizen petition during the same time frame that they approved label changes. Right now the FDA is not acknowledging even the risk of mitochondrial toxicity.