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Cho­les­terol Drug Linked to 40 Deaths Finally Pulled Off Mar­ket

Sev­eral recent sto­ries reported that the Bayer Corp. has vol­un­tar­ily removed a pop­u­lar cho­les­terol drug, Bay­col, off the mar­ket after it has been linked to as many as 40 deaths. One such arti­cle appear­ing on the August 8, 2001 MSNBC web­site said that the drug was taken by 700,000 Amer­i­cans, and was pulled off the mar­ket because of mus­cle destruc­tion linked to at least 40 deaths around the world.

Accord­ing to a sim­i­lar story in the August 9, 2001 New York Times Health sec­tion, the United States Food and Drug Admin­is­tra­tion “agrees with and sup­ports this deci­sion,” the agency said. It said phar­ma­cists would be instructed to return the drug to Bayer for refunds. The F.D.A. approved Bay­col for use in the United States in 1997. It should be noted that no where in the reports does it say that the FDA has removed its approval for Baycol.

Bay­col was in a class of drugs called “Statins”. “All statins have been linked to mus­cle cell dam­age in rare cases, but the prob­lem is much more com­mon with Bay­col than with other such drugs,” said Dr. John Jenk­ins, the direc­tor of the office of drug eval­u­a­tion at the F.D.A. The Times arti­cle states, “From the begin­ning, med­ical experts said, statins were known to cause the mus­cle prob­lem, rhab­domy­ol­y­sis, which can lead to kid­ney fail­ure and other prob­lems. But it occurred very rarely and was almost never fatal.” With Bay­col, how­ever, reports of seri­ous rhab­domy­ol­y­sis were about 10 times as fre­quent as with the other statins, Dr. Jenk­ins said.

Law­suits have begun to appear fol­low­ing the drug being removed from the mar­ket. Accord­ing to the web­site DrKoop​.com, a Tal­la­has­see, Florida woman has sued Bayer Corp., claim­ing its recently recalled cho­les­terol drug, Bay­col, caused her to suf­fer mus­cle degen­er­a­tion and chronic fatigue. Sep­a­rately the Chicago-​based law firm of Ken­neth B. Moll & Asso­ciates said it plans to file a class action law­suit against Bayer in Cook County, Illi­nois, on behalf of all patients who were pre­scribed Bay­col. The law firm, which esti­mates that about 6 mil­lion peo­ple world­wide have taken the drug, said the suit will seek among other things the estab­lish­ment of a med­ical mon­i­tor­ing fund “to enable peo­ple that have taken Bay­col to mon­i­tor the exis­tence of dan­ger­ous side effects.”

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