On January 25, 2007 a products liability lawsuit was filed on behalf of Mrs. Ada M. Williams against Bayer Corporation and Bayer AG after receiving their drug Trasylol during her open-heart surgery. According to the Trasylol lawsuit, Ms. Williams subsequently went into kidney failure and now has to undergo kidney dialysis three times a week due to complications caused by the drug. Ms. Williams’ Trasylol lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee (Columbia Division) Trasylol is a drug that many patients receive during open heart surgery because it reportedly prevents excess blood loss during the procedure. The drug however has come under recent scrutiny from the FDA and others in the medical profession for the increased dangers and risks associated with its use.
According to eMedWire.com:
Earlier this month, the results of an observational study looking at the long-term effects to patients given Trayslol during open-heart surgery was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The doctors who published the study concluded that Trayslol use during open-heart surgery is associated with an increased risk of death during the first five years after the surgery. The article also estimated that if other, cheaper medications were used instead of Trayslol, approximately 2,000 deaths per year might be avoided.
Additionally, a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine in January 2006 revealed that Trasylol doubled the risk of kidney failure in patients given Trasylol during open-heart surgery. In contrast, the study noted two generic drugs that cost significantly less than Trasylol and perform the same function during the surgery produced no increased risk of kidney failure.
What is even more appalling is that most people who have received Trasylol, like Ms. Williams, do not even know it. Trasylol is typically administered during the preparatory phases of an open-heart surgery procedure and therefore many patients are never told about its use.
If you or a loved one has had open heart surgery in the past and subsequently developed kidney problems or renal failure, contact one of our personal injury attorneys today. We can determine if you were unknowingly given Trasylol and help you seek redress for your injuries as a result of its serious effects.
A partner with Childers, Schlueter & Smith, LLC,, Brandon Smith has devoted his practice to pharmaceutical litigation, mass torts, products liability and serious personal injury. A frequent guest speaker at legal seminars all over the country—Brandon is focused on helping injured victims nationwide, however possible. Named a SuperLawyer in 2017, he has also been called out as one of 10 Best Attorneys For Georgia by the American Institute Of Personal Injury Attorneys.