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Things I am passionate about. Injustice, stupidity, intolerance, bigotry and small-mindedness. Oh and there might just be some humor to offset the whole thing.

22,000 died amid delayed Bayer drug recall

Posted by morganwrites on February 16, 2008

NEW YORK – (Reuters) – The lives of 22,000 patients could have been saved if U.S. regulators had been quicker to remove a Bayer AG drug used to stem bleeding during open heart surgery, according to a medical researcher interviewed by CBS Television’s 60 Minutes program.The drug Trasylol was withdrawn in November at the request of the FDA after an observational study linked the medicine to kidney failure requiring dialysis and increased death of those patients.It had been given to as many as a third of all heart bypass patients in the United States at the height of its use over a period of many years, according to the report.

Dr. Dennis Mangano, the study’s researcher, said during the program that 22,000 lives could have been saved if Trasylol had been taken off the market when he first published his study in January 2006, according to a CBS News report on its Web site ahead of a broadcast slated for next Sunday.

He said in the broadcast that Bayer failed to disclose to the FDA during an FDA advisory panel meeting in September 2006 — at which Mangano’s negative findings were discussed — that the German drugmaker had conducted its own research which confirmed the same dangers established by his study.

The chairman of the FDA advisory panel, Dr. William Hiatt, told 60 Minutes he would have voted to remove Trasylol from the market had he been informed about Bayer’s study, according to the CBS report.

Bayer spokeswoman Meredith Fischer said she could not comment about the broadcast until it is aired, including allegations that the drugmaker had failed to protect patients.

She said Bayer is facing a number of product-liability lawsuits filed by patients who had taken the medicine or their families, but said she not know how many lawsuits were filed.

That’s big pharma for ya’ – to hell with the negative reports, so what if a few thousand die, we still have to keep our stock holders happy – so what if our corporate is sued, we’ll just raise the cost of medications to offset the lawsuits.

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7 Responses to “22,000 died amid delayed Bayer drug recall”

  1. P N said

    I recently found a disturbing study on a drug called Risperdal. You can find it by typing “Risperdal H5 HT” into Google. Could you pass this on to Dr Mangano?

  2. P N said

    I recently found a disturbing study on a drug called Risperdal. You can find it by typing “Risperdal H5 HT” into Google.

  3. PN – I will look at the study on Risperdal and will also try to find contact information on Dr. Mangano. Thanks for your stopping by and commenting.

  4. […] our Health Care System actually wanting to keeping us ill? I published a post entiteld “22,000 die amid a delayed Bayer drug recall“, and here’s a comment (though it was filed under “about me”) that I think […]

  5. […] 19, 2008 by morganwrites I published a post entiteld “22,000 die amid a delayed Bayer drug recall“, and here’s a comment (though it was filed under “about me”) that I think […]

  6. Marlee said

    How many disasters will be exposed from the Bayer owned Cipro? Check out the terrible stories on-line of the quinolone drugs and how long the public has suffered. Now finally Bayer “black-boxed” them.

  7. Marlee – It’s all about the money. Always was and always will be – regardless as to whom the Pharma’s kill. 22,000 people – just chalk it up to collateral damage.
    Thank you for commenting.

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