The Pennsylvania personal injury law firm of Anapol Weiss represented injured clients in 39 out of 200 cases recently settled by drug maker Bayer over its dangerous drug Trasylol. The Legal Intelligencer reports that plaintiffs in these pharmaceutical liability lawsuits against Bayer alleged that the drug, which was meant to control bleeding during heart surgery, caused serious personal injuries to patients, including kidney failure and fatal heart problems.
Anapol Schwarz settled the 39 cases for $19.9 million, which amounts to an average settlement of $510,000. James Ronca, a lawyer with Anapol Weiss, co-led the plaintiffs’ counsel for the Trasylol multi-district litigation. The settlement was reached without admission of liability from Bayer.
Trasylol was approved in 1993 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to help curb blood loss for patients undergoing high-risk open heart surgery. The sale of this drug generated close to $200 million annually for Bayer. Three studies released in 2006 and 2007 raised serious concerns about the incidence of kidney failure or death from the use of Trasylol. A review by the FDA yielded similar results, leading the agency to issue a warning in 2006. Bayer suspended marketing the drug in November 2007.
Drug makers, pharmacists and doctors all have a duty to make sure that the drugs they manufacture and prescribe to patients do not cause injury or harm. Most drugs have some type of side effect. However, there are some drugs, such as Trasylol, that have the potential to cause long-term damage or even death. Although the FDA plays a regulatory role in approving and monitoring drug safety, ultimately, it is the drug maker who is liable for any injuries caused by their products.
If you or a loved one has suffered major injuries from taking dangerous or defective drugs, please contact the Philadelphia product liability lawyers at Anapol Weiss for a no-cost consultation and case evaluation. Our track record of successfully representing injured clients speaks for itself. Please call us at (866) 735-2792 to find out how we can help.