In complicated surgeries like coronary artery bypass graft, liver, heart or heart- lung transplant, total hip replacement or like, there is a need of blood clotting medicine and that’s where Trasylol comes into picture.

Trasylol had been widely used before to inhibit blood loss in the types of surgeries mentioned before, however, a study in the year 2006 revealed that it can cause any of the following side effects or even death:-

  1. Kidney failure
  2. Heart Stroke or heart attack
  3. Encephalopathy

After FDA received about 22,000 cases of death due to the administration of this medicine, it asked Bayer, the manufacturer to withdraw the drug. From 14th May 2008, Bayer started withdrawing the last batch of the drug from the U.S. market.

Minor Side Effects of the drug can be:

  1. Difficulty in passing stools or urinating or
  2. Loose stools or
  3. Giddiness or
  4. Insomnia or
  5. Vomiting.

Whatever the discomforts be, the same should be discussed with the practitioner at the earliest and the medicine should be continued only under medical supervision.

Major Side Effects of the drug can be:

  1. Allergic reactions like rashes or hives or itching or
  2. Asthma
  3. Chest pain
  4. Perplexity
  5. Variation in heartbeat
  6. Problems in lungs
  7. Weakening of sensations in arms or legs
  8. Severe stomach pain or headache
  9. Giddiness
  10. Fainting
  11. Vomiting
  12. Unexplained weight gain
  13. Swelling of any of the organs like that of hands, feet or legs
  14. Changes in vision or speech

This may not be an exhaustive list of all the harmful effects that the drug can cause. So it is always advisable to consult with the doctor before taking the medicine and keep him updated about any changes be it mental or biological that take place after the administration of the drug.

However, in the worst case scenario if the patient taking the drug has died, then his heirs are liable to get the compensation. Also if the person who has suffered from the damages of the drug, dies during the course of settlement, then again the family members can file for a survivor claim in continuation to the personal injury claim.

The compensatory claims are likely to reimburse the costs incurred on various expenses during the course of treatment like for the medical expenses, for the pain and agony caused to the patient, lost income and prospects. In the event of death, the compensations can also include the costs borne on funeral, loss of future income and punitive damages caused due to defective drug death.

Trasylol was launched in the year 1993, and since then it has been associated with one or the other harmful side effects. Anybody who has suffered because of the drug can file litigation against the manufacturer- Bayer Pharmaceuticals Corporation. It is also believed that Bayer in the case of Trasylol did not carry out the much needed clinical tests before launching it for commercial use. As a result, the potential adverse effects of the drug were unknown and it was the common man who suffered because of the negligence on part of the manufacturer.  So drug manufacturers like these, who do not tests their products before making it available for public use, should be held responsible for all the damages caused and hence should be liable to bear the costs of harm done.