Bayer's Trasylol: Lawsuits Continue Two Years After Anti-Clotting Drug Pulled From Market
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Bayer Pharmaceutical's anti-clotting drug, Trasylol, was pulled from the market in November 2007 after studies showed that the drug increased the risk of death. However, two years later, product liability lawsuits are still being filed against the drug manufacturer. In fact, three separate lawsuits comprised of 55 plaintiffs were just filed in Illinois.
Newest Trasylol Lawsuits Filed In Illinois
Three Trasylol product liability lawsuits have been filed in St. Clair County Illinois Circuit Court by patients, or the surviving family members of deceased patients, alleging that they were not warned of Trasylol's dangerous side effects that caused renal damage, renal insufficiency and multi-system organ failure.
The lawsuits allege defective design, strict product liability, intentional infliction of emotional distress, common law fraud, negligence, negligent misrepresentation and wrongful death. All three lawsuits contain multiple plaintiffs; the first has 19 and the second and third have 18 each – for a total of 55. These are just the latest of thousands of Trasylol lawsuits that have been filed throughout the nation.
Thousands of Trasylol Kidney Failure Lawsuits Filed Throughout Nation
Thousands of Trasylol kidney failure lawsuits have been filed in state courts throughout the nation. In fact, nearly 1,000 Trasylol lawsuits are pending in Florida state courts alone. Another 300 federal lawsuits are pending in the Southern District Court of Florida and have been consolidated in an MDL (multidistrict litigation). The first Trasylol trial is expected to begin in January 2010.
According to Trasylol lawyers, most of the lawsuits basically allege the same things – that Bayer failed to exercise the proper degree of care in designing and testing the drug or to alert healthcare professionals, patients and the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to the risks of Trasylol side effects. But why do so many lawsuits continue to be filed years after the drug was pulled from the market?
Discovering whether you were given Trasylol
Lawsuits continue to be filed against Bayer as more and more patients discover that their injuries may be connected to Trasylol use while they were in the hospital. In many cases, patients simply didn't know which drugs they were given and it has taken time to obtain profusion or anesthesiology record to determine whether Trasylol was used in surgery.
If you've suffered renal damage, renal insufficiency, multi-system organ failure or any other injury due to Trasylol use, contact an experienced Trasylol attorney to discuss your situation and determine whether filing a lawsuit against the pharmaceutical giant is an option for you. It's important to know that many states have a discovery rule which means that the statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit doesn't begin to run until you discover that the drug caused your injury.