Trasylol (Aprotinin) Lawyers
Baltimore, Maryland and Delaware
The results of a new study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, on the drug aprotinin (sold under the brand name Trasylol) are showing that the drug can be dangerous and lead to serious risks such as heart attack, kidney failure, stroke, and encephalopathy (brain disease).
Aprotinin is made by Bayer and sold under the name Trasylol. Although the company is claiming that the drug is safe, the results of the new study suggest otherwise.
Trasylol (aprotinin) is given to patients receiving heart surgery to prevent blood loss. Many people do not even know trasylol is being administered because it is just one of many other drugs being given to them prior to their heart surgery.
In the study, patients who were given Trasylol (aprotinin) for their heart surgeries had double the kidney failures, as well as increased numbers of heart failures, encephalopathy, strokes, and heart attacks.
The FDA approved Trasylol (aprotinin) for use in 1993, but once approved, there have not been any studies on the possible dangers it imposes on heart surgery patients. This new study shows that Trasylol (aprotinin) has even more associated risks than the dangerous drug Vioxx.
Every year, over one million people have some kind of heart surgery. Over half of these patients are given Trasylol (aprotinin) with or without their knowledge. There are currently about 10,000 patients every year that are forced into kidney dialysis as a result of Trasylol (aprotinin).
With the results of this new study being published, many doctors are no longer suggesting that Trasylol (aprotinin) be used in their patients' procedures. Doctors are also pushing to have Trasylol (aprotinin) removed from medical procedures altogether.
Although Trasylol (aprotinin) does prevent excessive blood loss during heart surgery, it is not the only effective drug. The generic drugs aminocaproic acid and tranexamic acid both work well for patients undergoing heart surgery, but neither impose the risks or dangers associated with Trasylol (aprotinin).
If you or a family member has been the victim of aprotinin or trasylol, contact the Trasylol attorneys at the Law Offices of Peter G. Angelos in Baltimore, MD. The law limits the amount of time you have to file your claim, so it is important that you contact the Law Offices of Peter G. Angelos today to schedule your free initial consultation.