When released, Baycol appeared to be an effective drug to treat cholesterol issues. Instead, the drug has been linked to severe injury and dozens of deaths across the country. The rate of severe side effects in this medication was well exceeding that of other similar drugs. The issues became so severe that the product was removed from shelves for good in 2001.
The drug, also known as Lipobay and Cerivastatin is a synthetic version of a statin drug used to lower cholesterol issues. It is related to Lipitor and similar medications. Marketed by Bayer A.G., the medication was released in the late 1990s. Baycol has been linked to over 50 deaths due to rhabdomyolysis and renal failure. The drug has also been associated with issues including weakness, fevere, muscle pain, nausea, vomiting, and dark urine.
Muscle pain is more common in the calves and the lower back. The risks related to the drug became so severe, Bayer was sued repeatedly, with the cases eventually reaching the Supreme Court. It allowed a class action lawsuit from two West Virginia victims of issues stemming from the drug to proceed. Despite the drug being on the market just four years, Bayer was on the hook for $1.17 billion in damages relating to its use. The USA Today reported on some of the severe issues facing litigants regarding Baycol.
If you or a family member took Baycol and faced severe liver issues or death, it is vital that you contact a legal representative immediately. The risks of taking the drug became well known and Bayer should be held responsible. Southern California’s leading medical malpractice and medication experts have fought big pharma dozens of times, and have won for injury victims. Call one today with any questions or to set up a free, no-pressure consultation. Typically, they will come to you anywhere in the state to hear your story and answer the phone 24/7. Please feel free to call or email us for more information about how to locate one.