A heart surgery injection known as Trasylol, which is given to control bleeding during heart bypass surgery, has been associated with a significantly increased risk of kidney failure, heart attacks, strokes and death, when compared with alternative drugs. As a result of the risks associated with the medication, it was removed from the market in the United States in November 2007.
STATUS OF TRASYLOL LITIGATION: Lawsuits are pending and potential cases are still being reviewed and filed by Trasylol lawyers.
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MANUFACTURER: Bayer AG
OVERVIEW: Trasylol, also known as an aprotonin injection, is an anti-bleeding drug which was approved by the FDA in 1993. It has been given to thousands of people before before cardiac bypass surgery to control bleeding and reduce the risk of a transfusion.
In 2006, concerns about Trasylol side effects began to surface after a large study linked the drug to an increased risk of serious injuries or death. Some experts have estimated that it may have caused as many as 1,000 deaths a month while it was on the market.
Trasylol lawsuits are currently being pursued by individuals who received the heart surgery injection and suffered any of the following injuries within two weeks of the injection:
- Kidney Failure
- Heart Attack
TRASYLOL RECALL: In November 2007, the FDA required Bayer to temporarily stop marketing Trasylol after a Canadian study was stopped because preliminary data found that the drug substantially increased the risk of death.
The study, known as the BART study (Blood Conservation Using Antifibrinolytics in Randomized Trial), involved over 2,300 individuals who were at a high risk for bleeding during cardiac bypass surgery or who had multiple health problems. Data found that those treated with Trasylol were 54% more likely to die than those treated with cheaper alternative anti-blood loss drugs.
In May 2008, a Trasylol recall was announced after the final analysis of data from the BART study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Bayer announced that they would be removing any remaining inventory of the heart surgery drug from the U.S. Market.
Have a potential heart surgery injection lawsuit reviewed by Trasylol lawyers
Trasylol lawyers are reviewing potential lawsuits throughout the United States on behalf of individuals who have suffered kidney failure, heart attacks, strokes or death after receiving an injection to control bleeding before heart surgery. Most people are unaware of the name of the injection they received, so it is often necessary for attorneys to obtain medical records to investigate and evaluate any potential cases.
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