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$110M Settlement Approved in E-Ferol Vitamin E Supplement Class Action

This is a settlement for the Food/Drinks lawsuit.

Dallas, TX: A $100 million settlement was approved by a federal judge in class action alleging that an intravenous vitamin E supplement was linked to dozens of deaths of premature infants in the mid 1980s, the Associated Press reports.

The lawsuit, filed in Wichita Falls in North Texas, was brought against the distributor of the supplement E-Ferol. The supplement was marketed and administered to the public without FDA approval, as a means to prevent or reduce blindness in premature infants.

There were 369 plaintiffs in the class action, 42 of whom had children who died as a result of being given the supplement. The lawsuit claimed that the supplement was on the market for nearly five months before being recalled in April 1984. Research had determined that the ingredient that made the vitamin E water soluble was in fact causing symptoms including liver and kidney failure in the infants.

Neither the supplement manufacturer, Carter-Glogau Laboratories of Glendale, AZ, nor its distributor O'Neal, Jones & Feldman Pharmaceuticals of Maryland Heights, MO, are still in business.

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Published on Apr-12-10


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