Trasylol is a drug made by Bayer. Trasylol is given to patients in the operating room to control bleeding during heart surgery. It has been recently discovered that injections of Trasylol (also known as aprotinin) could be responsible for tens of thousands of deaths as well as many more heart attacks, strokes, and kidney failures. If you believe that you or a loved one has suffered from the harmful and deadly side effects of Trasylol, please call a medical malpractice attorney in Tampa, Florida from Clark and Martino, P.A., to discuss your rights.
Due to increasing concern about Trasylol, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has asked Bayer to stop marketing Trasylol, and Bayer has agreed to do so. However, this action comes too late for the millions of patients who have been given Trasylol since it was developed almost 15 years ago. As a matter of fact, questions about kidney failure, heart attack, and death from Trasylol have been raised since before Trasylol was approved by the FDA for use in 1993. It is estimated that up to 1,000 patients died per month because of Trasylol, and for those who survived, the drug is also linked to a high incidence of heart attack, kidney failure, and stroke.
Even so, this billion-dollar drug was widely used at a cost of about $1,000 per patient. Then, when more studies about the dangers of Trasylol were released in 2006, an FDA panel met to discuss the problem. After the meeting, Trasylol was given a green light for medical use until a Canadian study in 2007 had to be halted because Trasylol was linked to the deaths of people participating in the study. This prompted the FDA to issue a health advisory about the drug, but Trasylol is still used during heart surgeries when it’s deemed to be beneficial.
It appears that Trasylol is another example of a high-profit drug that was not pulled from the shelves when it should have been; now, thousands of patients and their families are paying the price. The Tampa medical malpractice lawyers at Clark and Martino, P.A., would like to hear from you if you or a loved one was injured through the use of Trasylol. Please call or e-mail us to schedule a free consultation with a Tampa personal injury attorney about your experience with Trasylol.