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Dialysis Filter

The medical world was shaken after hearing of over 50 consumers' deaths as a result of using the Baxter Dialysis Filter. Victims in countries around the globe, including Spain, Italy, Taiwan, Colombia, the United States, and Croatia, lost their lives after using a product they assumed would be safe between 1998 and 2001 (when the Baxter Dialysis Filter was officially recalled.)

The Baxter Dialysis Filter was used during kidney dialysis until reports poured in of people who suddenly died after experiencing shortness of breath, cardiac arrest, stroke symptoms, or chest tightness very soon after being dialyzed with a Baxter Dialysis Filter.

The crux of the problem, after much investigation, was found. Apparently, a fluid used to check the performance of the Baxter Dialysis Filter before sending it to market was toxic. Residue of this perfluorohydrobarbon-based fluid remained in the Baxter Dialysis Filter after the manufacturing and shipping process; thus, when the Baxter Dialysis Filter was used, some of the poison seeped into the patients'. Death resulted quickly.

The dialyzers that used the Baxter Dialysis Filter (labeled with the names Althane or Baxter) were from the following Series: A11, A15, A18, A22, AF150, AF180, AF220, AX1500, and AX2200. Though those dialyzers and the Baxter Dialysis Filters are no longer available, there is no doubt many consumers who used them before the recall was issued. (As a note, the Baxter Dialysis Filter recall was a joint venture between the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Baxter.)

If your life was in any way negatively affected by using one of the above-mentioned dialyzers fitted with the Baxter Dialysis Filter, we want to hear from you. We urge you to contact our law office today to speak with a knowledgeable legal representative who can help you understand your rights under the law.

We can guarantee that you will be represented by a team of caring professionals who won't stop fighting for your rights. We believe that any person who has been the victim of a defective product such as the Baxter Dialysis Filter deserves his or her day "in court", so to speak.

Healthcare Colleague Volumetric Infusion Pump

FDA ALERT CLASS 1 RECALL for July 20, 2007:

Baxter Healthcare Corp. and FDA notified healthcare professionals and consumers of a Class I Recall of Baxter Upgraded COLLEAGUE Triple Channel Volumetric Infusion Pumps, Model numbers 2M8153, 2M8163, and 2M9163. These electronic infusion pumps are used to deliver controlled amounts of medications or other fluids to patients through an intravenous (IV), intra-arterial (IA), epidural, or other direct line into the bloodstream.

The product was recalled because a software irregularity causes the newly upgraded COLLEAGUE Triple Channel Volumetric Infusion Pumps to alarm, display an error code (16:310:867:0002) and stop the infusion.

This occurs during user programming with all three channels infusing fluids at the same time. There are reports of serious injuries that are associated with this issue. In reported cases, the pump stopped infusing which caused it to activate an audible and a visual alarm. Interruption of life-sustaining therapy could lead to serious injury or death. Remove all the affected triple channel pumps from service immediately.

http://www.fda.gov/medwatch/safety/2007/safety07.htm#BaxterInfusion

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On April 28, 2006, Baxter Healthcare Corporation issued a warning in conjunction with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding its product known as the Baxter Healthcare Colleague Volumetric Infusion Pump.

According to the release aimed at both healthcare providers and biomedical engineers, the Baxter Healthcare Colleague Volumetric Infusion Pump had been plagued with problems ranging from false alarms, failure to alarm, and under infusion. The letter noted that Baxter had already issued four safety notices and recalls in the previous year for the Baxter Healthcare Colleague Volumetric Infusion Pump because of the aforementioned concerns.

Though the Baxter Healthcare Colleague Volumetric Infusion Pump was not taken off the market, it was urged that healthcare providers: "do not use the [Baxter Healthcare Colleague Volumetric Infusion Pump] in situations where delaying or interrupting therapy... may be life threatening"; "have a contingency plan to mitigate any disruption of infusion therapy"; and "check the [Baxter Healthcare Colleague Volumetric Infusion Pump] frequently."

That Baxter and the FDA sent out a letter alerting medical professions to the problems with the Baxter Healthcare Colleague Volumetric Infusion Pump is laudable. However, what remains a concern for anyone who needs an infusion is that he or she might be hooked to a Baxter Healthcare Colleague Volumetric Infusion Pump, a product that is hardly reliable and potentially deadly if used incorrectly (or at all, in some persons' opinions).

If you or someone you love has used a Baxter Healthcare Colleague Volumetric Infusion Pump and had negative experiences with the machine, we want to hear from you. It might surprise you to know that you may have a claim against either the manufacturer of the Baxter Healthcare Colleague Volumetric Infusion Pump or your healthcare provider if there is proof of negligence in using the Baxter Healthcare Colleague Volumetric Infusion Pump.

Meridian Hemodialysis Instrument

At the end of 2005, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Class I recall for the Baxter Meridian Hemodialysis Instrument. As the FDA Class I recall is the most serious issued, all those who used a Baxter Meridian Hemodialysis Instrument were urged to immediately seek physicians' care.

The Baxter Meridian Hemodialysis Instrument is manufactured by the Baxter Healthcare Corporation of Illinois. According to Baxter and the FDA, the Baxter Meridian Hemodialysis Instrument's blood tubing sets have a tendency to "kink"; thus, many persons have died or received serious injuries after using the defective products.

Though the Class I FDA recall is extremely serious, Baxter does not suggest that healthcare providers stop using the Baxter Meridian Hemodialysis Instrument; instead, Baxter suggests that hemodialysis administrators, nephrologists, or other healthcare personnel route blood tubing through only one of the two channel clips on the front of the Baxter Meridian Hemodialysis Instrument. Baxter has also given labels which display proper touting techniques to customers using the Baxter Meridian Hemodialysis Instrument.

This means that, right now, someone could be using the Baxter Meridian Hemodialysis Instrument. It also means that as long as the Baxter Meridian Hemodialysis Instrument is on the market, someone could incorrectly hook up the product, resulting in the death of an innocent dialysis patient.

Though our law firm applauds Baxter and FDA for notifying the public about the defects in the Baxter Meridian Hemodialysis Instrument, we are gravely concerned that it is still on the market. Every day that passes provides another possibility for someone to suffer needlessly as a result of the defective Baxter Meridian Hemodialysis Instrument.

Because we are so concerned and also deeply committed to consumer advocacy and protection, we urge you to contact our office if you or someone you love has used (or is using) a Baxter Meridian Hemodialysis Instrument. (If you're not sure, ask the next time you are about to be hooked up to a dialyzer.)

Should you wish to file a claim or join a class action lawsuit against the makers of the Baxter Meridian Hemodialysis Instrument, you'll owe us nothing until we get the restitution that you deserve. Please contact us today and let Baxter know that a simple recall notice is ineffective if a defective product like the Baxter Meridian Hemodialysis Instrument is still in use.

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COLLEAGUE Triple Channel Volumetric Infusion Pumps FDA Recall. Updated 3/06/2013