Trasylol Information and Warnings

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Trasylol, an antifibrinolytic agent, was used during coronary artery bypass graft (CABG), heart valve, and knee and hip replacement surgery to limit the loss of blood. It was on the market for 14 years, before it was removed. On November 5, 2007 the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) told Bayer Pharmaceuticals, the drug’s manufacturer, to suspend sales of the drug in the U.S. Bayer voluntarily agreed to begin removing the last stocks of the drug from the U.S. market on May 14, 2008.

The drug ban came as the result of preliminary results of a Canadian study showing that Trasylol was twice as likely to cause death as two similar drugs. The FDA suspended sales in the U.S. while Germany banned the drug and Canada suspended sales. Bayer has now removed the drug from the global market. The Canadian study was later published in the May 29, 2008 New England Journal of Medicine.

The FDA is being criticized for waiting so long to pull Trasylol from the market, since a 2006 study had already shown that Trasylol doubled the risk of kidney failure and caused other serious problems, such as heart attacks and strokes. The Trasylol study further found that two other generic drugs, aminocaproic acid and tranexamic acid, were just as effective as Trasylol, and safer, and that around 10,000 individuals were probably on dialysis as a result of Trasylol use in 2006.

On February 17, 2008, CBS’s 60 Minutes did a segment on the FDA’s handling of Trasylol. It revealed that Bayer had known about another damaging study in 2006, when the FDA was considering whether to ban the drug, but Bayer withheld the information from the FDA. If you have undergone CABG, heart valve, or knee of hip replacement surgery in the past and believe you have been injured by Trasylol, you may be entitled to recover damages for your injury.

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