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Trasylol Class Action Lawsuit Claim and Settlements.
If you or someone you care about was given Trasylol and experienced any of the following side effects, you may be entitled to monetary compensation from a class action lawsuit settlements from Bayer (Trasylol's maker) for your suffering. Discuss your Trasylol injury with trained Trasylol lawyers and attorney committed to consumer advocacy. You're under no obligation to file a Trasylol claim; however, we encourage you to act in your best interest and find out your rights under the law.
Trasylol Injury and Side effects:
- kidney problems
- heart attack
- myocardial infarction
- encephalopathy (Note: Italy withdrew Trasylol from the market over fears of bovine spongiform encephalopathy potential, likely from its cow lung extract connection as noted above)
FDA on Trasylol
The Food and Drug Administration said Bayer had notified the agency that it would begin removing remaining Trasylol stock from the U.S. market. Access will be limited to investigational use for certain patients who have no acceptable alternatives, the FDA said.
The FDA "supports Bayer's decision to completely remove Trasylol from regular use in the U.S. market," the agency said.
Dr. Wayne Ray and Dr. Michael Stein of Vanderbilt University in Tennessee commented by saying, ""Thus, in all likelihood, this is the end of the aprotinin story."
Bayer said it was removing Trasylol supplies from all countries where it remained in the supply chain, except where local authorities wanted to keep it in the market for special access programs.
The drugmaker "will work with health authorities to determine what impact, if any, the BART data and any other new data will have on the benefit-risk profile of Trasylol," Bayer spokeswoman Staci Gouveia via email.
The medication Trasylol, injected into patients during surgeries to reduce the risk of heavy bleeding, was the subject of a serious Food and Drug Administration (FDA) press release issued in Feburary 2006.
In the release, the FDA warned the public and physicians that patients who had been given Trasylol might be in danger, as the drug had been linked to "higher risks of serious side effects". Those side effects included heart attacks, strokes, and kidney problems in patients (most notably in individuals who underwent artery bypass graft surgery.)
The FDA's press release added that Trasylol usage should be limited (or, quite possibly, avoided), as patients could develop other complications related to the kidneys, central nervous system, or heart should Trasylol be administered. Specifically, such concerns have included reports of renal failure, heart failure, myocardial infarction, stroke and encephalopathy. Not surprisingly, those dangerous side effects led to permanent health issues and lifestyle changes for the patients who were given Trasylol and their families and friends.
Although the FDA did not take Trasylol off the market in early 2006 when they issued their stern warning, the seriousness of their press release has made many Trasylol users and their doctors question whether the drug should continue to be used.
To be sure, by alerting the public to the possibility that Trasylol is defective, the FDA has prevented many future patients from adverse side effects. But for those who were prescribed Trasylol before the FDA notified the general public, the notice comes under the category of "too little, too late." Reports have also begun to surface from claimants who feel that the use of Trasylol during their surgeries prompted their developing kidney problems, heart attacks, and stroke.
The Journal of the American Medical Association published the findings of an international study that revealed that patients receiving Trasylol therapy were 50% more likely to cause death within five years after heart surgery. Furthermore, the scientists that conducted the new study were the same ones that revealed last year that Trasylol significantly raised the risk of kidney failure, heart attacks, and strokes.
Trasylol and Open Heart Surgery:
During open heart surgery, many patients are given Trasylol to prevent substantial blood loss. Trasylol slows down fibrinolysis, which can lead to the separation of blood clots. And ideally, Trasylol additionally reduces the need for blood transfusions. However, the drug has recently been linked to such dire side effects as heart attack, stroke, and acute renal failure in patients who had been given Trasylol in good faith by their physicians.
In fact, concerns over Trasylol's possible defectiveness (and rush to the market without being sufficiently studied) have led a number of individuals to file lawsuits on behalf of themselves or others.
In February of 2006, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a press release warning about Trasylol's unexpected side effects. Though the FDA did not specifically instruct physicians to stop using the medication during surgery, the strong language of the FDA release gave many pause. Was Trasylol worth the potentially devastating side effects? And was Trasylol approved before the drug went through enough clinical trials?
Additionally, if you received Trasylol and suffered a side effect not mentioned above, we want to hear from you. The more information we can distribute about Trasylol's true nature, the better; after all, as a law firm devoted to protecting the public, we are dedicated to the truth.
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