Have you or a loved one received Trasylol, a commonly used blood thinner, during a surgical procedure?  Did you know Trasylol can increase your risk of serious kidney damage, congestive heart failure, and stroke?

Trasylol (aprotinin) is an injectable prescription drug designed to decrease the risk of bleeding during surgery, and to reduce the need for transfusions during and after cardiac surgery.  The drug was first approved by the FDA in 1993, and is made by Bayer Pharmaceuticals Corporation.  Trasylol is most commonly given to patients having heart bypass surgery, specifically cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) or coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery. 

However, a series of studies on Trasylol use conducted in early 2006, found significant risk of serious side effects such as:

  • Kidney damage
  • Stroke
  • Congestive heart failure and/or heart attack

In late 2006, the FDA conducted a hearing as a result of those studies.  However, Bayer insisted its product was safe, and claimed that it had conducted its own additional safety study.   The preliminary findings from their new observational study of patients from a hospital database also reported that use of Trasylol may increase the chance serious kidney damage, congestive heart failure, strokes, and death. 

Finally, in November of 2007, Bayer Pharmaceuticals Corp. agreed to suspend the marketing of the drug, pending a detailed review of the preliminary results from these studies.  There is little doubt that Bayer knew this drug caused serious illness, and even death, by 2007.  However, Bayer put its profit ahead of the public health. 

Gruber & Gruber is currently accepting cases involving Trasylol.  If you or a loved one has been given Trasylol during surgery and has suffered any of the above noted side effects, contact Gruber & Gruber today

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