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Randone Trasylol Lawsuit Profiled on CBS' '60 Minutes'
Date:2/19/2008

litigations is to highlight the fact that often, older tried and tested medications are ignored in the face of new and untested medications that have been heavily promoted by the drug manufacturers to the detriment of the unknowing public." Bern continued, "We are suing for tens of millions of dollars on the Randone family's behalf because of Bayer's reckless conduct -- not only with regard to its marketing of Trasylol but also but for the public health debacles arising from its products Baycol and Factor 9. Baycol is known to have caused more than 30 deaths, and thousands of hemophiliacs using blood clotting medication Factor 9 developed HIV and AIDs from tainted and untested Factor 9."

Joseph Randone was administered Bayer's drug Trasylol on January 16, 2006, during the course of what should have been a Coronary Artery Bypass Graft surgery performed at Stony University Hospital, Stony Brook, New York. As a result of the use of the drug, Mr. Randone began experiencing renal insufficiency soon after heart surgery, and subsequently went into renal failure, which led to Mr. Randone suffering from hypotension (low blood pressure), wound breakdown and infection, including wounds of the abdomen and chest; he needed artificial feeding through indwelling tubes in the stomach, required further surgeries including revisions of pacemaker placement, cholecystectomy, and revision of gastrostomy tubes. As his rocky post-surgery period continued, Mr. Randone suffered gastrocutaneous fistula, a breakdown of the skin and tissue surrounding the stomach and needed a feeding tube surgically implanted. Ultimately, Mr. Randone underwent amputation of both legs and amputation of his left hand due to gangrene. The combination of all of these procedures, wounds and infections and renal failure ultimately led to his untimely death on August 8, 2006. Prior to his initial bypass surgery, Mr. Randone had no knowledge that the Trasylol that would be administered during surgery might caus
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