In 2009, dozens of people contacted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to report that contaminated propofol had made them ill. The contamination could cause such dangerous side effects as blood clots, stroke, kidney failure and heart attack.
The Rottenstein Law Group compassionately advocates for those who have suffered from the harmful side effects of potentially dangerous drugs. If you have taken propofol, contact us for a free, confidential consultation. We might be the propofol law firm you are looking for.
Propofol Recall Includes Lots Contaminated with Bacteria and Metal Particles
Propofol is the generic name for a common anesthetic sold by Teva Pharmaceuticals, Hospira, and other pharmaceutical companies. It comes in the form of intravenous injection. Both Teva and Hospira recalled lots of the drug due to contamination.
Teva Pharmaceuticals Propofol Recall
In July 2009 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a health advisory warning physicians that two lots of propofol manufactured by Teva were contaminated and subsequently recalled. The lots were numbered 31305429B and 31305430B. The FDA received reports that 41 people suffered propofol side effects with the following symptoms because of propofol contamination:
- Post-operative fever;
- Rigors; and
- Other flu-like symptoms.
The FDA added that, in all cases it knew of, the symptoms resolved themselves. These foreign bacteria occurred in the context of two endoscopy clinics in southern Nevada that were reusing medical vials and needles. One person filed a propofol lawsuit against the clinic and Teva and Baxter Healthcare Corp., and in May 2010 he received a $500 million jury award. By the end of 2009, the FDA sent a letter to Teva requiring it to address numerous product safety violations at its facility.
Hospira Propofol Recall
In November 2009, Hospira Inc. announced a propofol recall due to contamination by metal particles. It expanded the recall in March and May of 2010. Metal particles can cause the following propofol side effects:
- Blood clots;
- Pulmonary embolism;
- Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (SIRS);
- Heart attack;
- Respiratory failure;
- Kidney failure;
- Liver failure; and
- Heart attack or death.
RLG’s Propofol Lawyers Will Make Things Easier
The process of demanding compensation for the harm you’ve suffered can be complicated, even if it doesn’t seem fair that you should have to go through even more trouble to be made whole again.
The propofol lawyers at the Rottenstein Law Group believe that obtaining legal satisfaction from those who harmed you shouldn’t require more hardship. That’s why we do everything we can to streamline the process, and we will file a propofol lawsuit on your behalf if necessary. RLG will also keep you up to date on any propofol class action lawsuits, FDA propofol warnings, and new propofol FDA recall announcements. If you received a contaminated propofol injection and believe it harmed you, contact RLG today.