Two particularly egregious cases where this has occurred are the Bayer admitting to a 'mistake' in suppressing a study that showed dangerous side-effects associated with the drug Baycol
and Merck's suppression of studies that showed Vioxx quadrupled the risk of myocardial infarction.
The company allegedly learned after introducing Baycol
in the U.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but later deemed to be unsafe, including Rezulin, Fen-Phen, Vioxx, and Baycol
Likewise, Rezulin targeted the obesity and diabetes epidemic in this country, (37) as did Baycol
(an anti-cholesterol medication associated with muscle damage) and Fen-Phen and Redux (diet drugs associated with high blood pressure in the pulmonary arteries and heart valve injury, respectively).
The acquisition could prove to be a major impetus for Bayer, which has encountered difficulties since its 2001 withdrawal of Baycol
, an anti-cholesterol treatment, over safety concerns.
PROBLEMS WITH DRUGS INCLUDING PHEN-FEN, BAYCOL
AND NOW THE COX-2 INHIBITORS MEAN (COMPANIES) ARE NOW TRYING TO MANAGE RISKS UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT OF INCREASED FDA SCRUTINY .
The anticholesterol drug cerivastatin, sold under the brand name Baycol
, was the most potent medicine in its class in the late 1990s.
Last year, for example, Bayer appeared oil the list, for, among other things, bilking Medicaid of hundreds of millions of dollars, paying students to consume pesticides as a test, keeping its anti-cholesterol drug Baycol
on the market despite reportedly possessing evidence of its hazards, and dumping tainted blood-clotting medicines in developing country markets.
, a "statin" that has been withdrawn, is one example--patients could easily switch to other medicines.
In addition, as of August 26, 2004, there had been 65 reports of rhabdomyolysis among US patients taking Crestor, a rate of reports approaching that of Baycol
, a cholesterol drug that was taken off the market because of rhabdomyolysis.
Pharmaceutical firm Bayer AG devised a two-part strategy for settlement of product liability lawsuits on its Baycol
product, setting a range of amounts payable to those actually harmed and aggressively contesting other claims.
They include the following topics, many of which Mealey's already devotes a newsletter to: mold, latex, MTBE, toxic torts, welding rods, asbestos, tobacco, vaccines, ephedra, PPA, Baycol
, silica, lead, emerging drugs, and fen-hen.
Subscribers, for instance, can keyword search the summaries for access to the mass tort litigators' key pleadings from litigation such as asbestos, MTBE, fen-phen, Baycol
Subscribers, for instance, can keyword search the summaries for access to the mass tort litigators' key pleadings from such litigation as asbestos, MTBE, fen-phen, Baycol
District Judge Michael Davis of Minneapolis denied class-action status to several thousand lawsuits against German pharmaceutical maker Bayer over its anticholesterol drug Baycol
, ruling the cases were too diverse in issues and medical conditions to qualify as one class of plaintiffs.