Many people likely watched the 60 Minutes segment on Trasylol and were reminded of the suffering of loved ones who have since passed away. At the time, they may not have realized that Trasylol could have caused their problems—they had no reason to even know about the drug. However, after seeing the segment, they now question whether or not their loved ones should have died.
Some people have been able to determine that they were given Trasylol during surgery and are sure that the drug has caused their continued medical problems. One such person is Avery, who had Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) surgery in 2005. Avery developed problems with his kidneys following his surgery and says he had not experienced any kidney problems before. Avery was given Lasix to flush out the excess fluids in his system, caused by the kidney problems. Although he was released from the hospital following the surgery, he says he returned after only a few days and was given more Lasix. A nephrologist has told Avery that his kidney function is only 40 percent and he now sees a nephrologist every six months to monitor his kidneys.
Avery has had a chance to see his medical records and knows that Trasylol was used during his CABG surgery. He says he is sure that Trasylol has caused his kidney problems and he is worried that he may be on dialysis in the future. "I think Bayer should be held responsible for this medication, knowing that it caused these problems," Avery says. "I also think the FDA should be fined for approving this medication. I do not think the FDA studies medications long enough before approval. "
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"My father had such a zest for life and now suffers from severe depression, trouble sleeping, is now on oxygen most of the time and cannot do the simple things in life that he so much enjoyed," Rose writes. "My father was a very active and a different person prior to all this. He feels robbed of the enjoyment and quality of his life."
If you or a loved one has had open heart surgery and has suffered serious health problems, including kidney failure, since the surgery, contact a lawyer to help determine if Trasylol could have caused those health problems.