Businesses one-step closer to legal immunity for defective or deadly products

The current war against the American consumer by Big Business and the Bush Administration has gotten a bit nastier.  Apparently, this team of powerful executives and government officials have circumvented an unfavorable Congress and are now using agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration to create rules that make it virtually impossible to sue a business for a defective or dangerous product.  With these rules in place, large corporations can continue to sell toxic dog food, toothpaste, lead paint toys, contaminated heparin and dangerous drugs such as Vioxx and Trasylol, while making millions at the expense of injured consumers. To … [Read more...]

Where and When Was Contaminated Heparin Given in the US?

How Do I Know If My Reaction Was Linked To Heparin? Every patient that has been hospitalized in the last year wants to know where and when contaminated heparin was administered in the United States. Sadly, no one knows. To date, the most concrete information issued by the FDA suggests that contaminated vials may have been introduced to the market as early as 2006. However, the FDA notes that the majority of injuries have been reported between January 2007 and the recall in early 2008. Patients who have experienced weird reactions after heparin use can only wonder what, (if any) effect did the heparin have on their body. This is … [Read more...]

Should Tainted Heparin and Trasylol Victims Be Concerned With The Upcoming Drug Case Before The Supreme Court?

There is no doubt that tainted Heparin victims, Trasylol victims and lawyers alike are concerned with the upcoming decision on Wyeth v. Levine, which is scheduled for a ruling by the Supreme Court this fall. The issue in this case is whether drug companies should be immune from product liability suits concerning dangerous or defective products if they had prior approval from the FDA. Specifically, the appeal filed in Wyeth v. Levine seeks to overturn a $6.8 million judgment awarded to a Vermont woman that lost part of her arm after doctors injected her with a nausea drug. The lawyers for the drug manufacturer claim that the company is not … [Read more...]

Heparin Update: FDA Says Contamination May Be Intentional

While I am not surprised by this news, it still saddens me to report that the FDA and CEO of Baxter announced this week that the contamination of Heparin (which has been linked to 81 deaths and over 700 allergic reactions), may have been intentional. (The full story can be found on USA Today"s website.). Ironically, that same report states that the Chinese plant accused of intentionally contaminating the Heparin supplies passed an audit by Baxter International just months before the recalls. The FDA then conducted an audit of its own after Baxter broke the news, only to find the facility lacked the appropriate equipment to remove … [Read more...]

When Should I Call a Lawyer About My Heparin Side Effects?

What Do We Really Know About Bad Heparin? For the past month, popular search engines such as Google have been inundated with anxious people typing in questions such as, "Was contaminated Heparin given in NJ or PA hospitals?" or "What are the side-effects of contaminated Heparin?" Unfortunately, the FDA and Heparin manufacturer, Baxter, have been reluctant to release such information to the public. All we really know for sure is that the contaminant came from China and has been linked to 81 deaths and over 700 severe allergic reactions. With such vague answers, it"s easy to see why anyone who has been hospitalized in the past few months … [Read more...]

FDA Finds "Clear Link" Between 81 Deaths and Contaminated Heparin

As reported in the New York Times, federal officials have now identified a "clear link" between contaminated heparin from China and 81 US deaths from severe reactions to the drug. Up until this point, Chinese heparin manufacturers (including Baxter) have openly doubted that a link could be proven connecting these deaths to the contaminant. Baxter even issued a public statement claiming that they did not expect any "material litigation" as a result of the dangerous drug. Similarly, Chinese officials have now joined the drug manufacturers in disputing the validity of this FDA report showing a "clear link" between reported illness and … [Read more...]

Baxter Not Expecting ‘Material Litigation’ After Contaminated Heparin Recall

Pharmaceutical giant Baxter announced today that it does not expect any "material" litigation with regards to the contaminated heparin recalls. Although the FDA has received a ton of complaints about death and serious reactions to the drug, Baxter claims that they only know of four possible injuries to date. They also believe it will be difficult to prove a link between the drug and some of the side effects reported by the general public. I think the report on CNN.com gives a little more insight as to why Baxter is not overly concerned with this issue. CNN reports that: Despite the high-profile nature of the heparin troubles, the drug is … [Read more...]

Who Is Really To Blame For Contaminated Heparin?

I read an interesting post by a fellow blogger regarding the dangerous Chinese import saga. While I don"t entirely agree with his argument, I think his thoughts are worth re-printing in their entirety: "Ask yourself this question, How important is the health, safety, and well being of my family?" First it is toys from China being recalled because of various safety issues, but more specifically from lead in the paint. Now there is a recall on blood thinner [Heparin] manufactured in China, which is causing deaths in patients. It is obvious in the Chinese quest for money it is willing to put our health and the health of our children at … [Read more...]

Heparin Deaths Jump From 19 to 62 According to FDA

The FDA announced this week that 62 deaths have now been linked to the blood-thinning drug, Heparin. This new estimate is almost triple the 19 fatalities reported last month. The drug, which is generally used in patients with heart problems and those undergoing surgery, is believed to be contaminated with man-made oversulfated chondroitin. This contaminant is said to mimic chondroitin sulfate, which is a naturally occurring substance derived from animal cartilage and used to treat arthritis. While the FDA is still investigating the matter, it appears that the tainted animal cartilage containing oversulfated chondroitin has come from … [Read more...]