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Class Action Status Requested To Benefit All Persons Who Reside in the State of Florida who Purchased, Consumed, Ingested or Used Recalled Baxter Heparin

Mar 27, 2008

Parker Waichman LLP Files Suit Against Baxter Healthcare Corporation and Baxter International, Inc. on Behalf of a Man Injured by Recalled Heparin

Class Action Status Requested To Benefit All Persons Who Reside in the State of Florida who Purchased, Consumed, Ingested or Used Recalled Baxter Heparin

Parker Waichman LLP and Becnel Law Firm, LLC announce that it has filed suit on behalf of a man who suffered an adverse reaction as a result of contaminated Heparin manufactured and distributed by Baxter Healthcare Corporation and Baxter International, Inc. Since November 2007, Baxter Heparin has been linked to serious and sometimes life-threatening allergic reactions in some patients.  Serious reactions to the drug include difficulty breathing, nausea, vomiting, excessive sweating and rapidly falling blood pressure that can lead to life threatening shock.  The lawsuit was filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida (Docket Number:  # 9:08-cv-80311-KAM).

David D'Amico, a resident of Florida, was administered Heparin distributed by Baxter International and Baxter Healthcare Corporation.  D'Amico alleges that he suffered personal injuries as a result of the contaminated Heparin and also incurred substantial damages including, among other things, medical and hospital expenses, loss of income, and pain and suffering due to the negligence of Baxter International, Inc. and Baxter Healthcare Corporation.

Heparin is a vital drug used to prevent blood clots in dialysis patients and others.  Sales of Baxter Heparin constitute roughly 50% of the market share in the United States.  As early as November 2007, reports of adverse reactions to Baxter Heparin from 19 dialysis clinics in more than 12 states have been reported.   According to the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), there have been 350 reports of adverse reactions to Baxter Heparin since December 2007, in contrast to 100 such reports the agency received in all of 2007. At least four of the reports since November, 2007 involved fatalities.

In January 2008, Baxter International, Inc. and Baxter Healthcare Corporation announced a recall of 9 lots of Heparin Sodium 1000 unit/mL vials for injection.  In February, the FDA warned healthcare practitioners not to use Baxter Heparin products, and on February 29, Baxter expanded the Heparin recall to include all of its Heparin products sold in the United States.  Since the Baxter Heparin recall, the FDA has confirmed that the active ingredient for Heparin that Baxter sourced from China had been contaminated with a chemical called over-sulfated chondroitin sulfate, a substance derived from animal cartilage.  The FDA said that the chondroitin sulfate had been molecularly altered to mimic the blood-clotting properties of Heparin.

If you or a loved one suffered a serious injury after being administered Heparin manufactured by Baxter International, Inc. and Baxter Healthcare Corporation, please contact our office by visiting www.yourlawyer.com.  Free case evaluations are also available by calling 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529).

About Parker Waichman LLP

Parker Waichman LLP is a leading products liability and personal injury law firm that represents plaintiffs nationwide.  The firm has offices in Florida, New York and New Jersey.  Parker Waichman LLP has assisted thousands of clients in receiving fair compensation for injuries resulting from defective drugs, tainted foods, medications and medical devices.   

About Becnel Law Firm LLC  

Becnel Law Firm LLC is a full service law firm representing clients both locally and nationally.  Becnel Law Firm, LLC has been in existence for over 30 years and is one of the largest personal injury firms in the New Orleans area. 

 

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