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Who is responsible for the Baycol claims?

 

What could have been done to avoid the current claims for Rhabdomyolysis made by Baycol victims?
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Baycol in 1997 following the testing of the drug on approximately 3,000 people by Bayer.
Prior to its release, related drugs known as statins had already been seen to cause problems such as those endured by Rhabdomyolysis sufferers, but on a hugely inferior scale than suffered by Baycol victims. The main method of prevention would have been more extensive research.

 

The base of people on whom the drug was tested were very clustered and so the effects on a wider range of people were merely estimated. Had further tests been administered, it would have been discovered that the elderly were much more at risk for Rhabdomyolysis from the drug than younger people and that a combination of Baycol and gemfibrozil was particularly dangerous. Many of the worst injuries were suffered by Baycol victims who took Baycol and Lopid (Baycol and Gemfibrozil).

Could the FDA have prevented so many Baycol Rhabdomyolysis victims?
Many Rhabdomyolysis problems would have also been averted had the FDA made more of an effort to clarify the dangers that it was concerned about. The screening process at the time was less stringent as the FDA was under pressure to approve more products from the pharmaceutical industry, at the time worth more than $100 billion to the economy.

 

Was there a problem with taking Baycol and Gemfibrozil together?
Yes -- together they can increase the risk of Rhabdomyolysis
. Gemfibrozil (often sold as Lopid) is a lipid regulating agent. Gemfibrozil is used with diet changes (restriction of cholesterol and fat intake) to reduce the amount of cholesterol and certain fatty substances in your blood. Accumulation of cholesterol and fats along the walls of your arteries (a process known as atherosclerosis) decreases blood flow and therefore, the oxygen supply to your heart, brain, and other parts of your body. Lowering your blood level of cholesterol and fats may help to prevent heart disease, angina (chest pain), strokes, and heart attacks. Together, the drugs caused a breakdown of the myoglobin which harmed the ability of the kidneys to function.

 

When did they discover that you should not take Baycol and Lopid together?
Lopid
alone was not a problem, but when the combination of Baycol and Lopid was prescribed, Rhabdomyolysis problems occurred even more frequently. Gemfibrozil and Baycol were taken together by at least 12 Baycol victims who died as a result of their usage of Baycol and Gemfibrozil. The Gemfiborzil (Lopid) drug is another agent that performs a similar task to Baycol, limiting the usefulness of lipids. The danger of using Gemfibrozil and Baycol (or other statins) was well documented prior to Baycol ever being released.

 

Were sufficent warnings given about using Baycol and Gemfibrozil (Lopid) causing Rhabdomyolysis?
Unfortunately, it was seen as sufficient to label bottles of statins
with relevant warnings, as opposed to banning the concurrent supply of Baycol and Lopid to the same patient. The enthusiasm of doctors to provide a high a dosage of the drug as possible also may have had a large part in the Baycol victim's deaths or other Baycol claims. Many of the Baycol and Lopid Rhabdomyolysis cases became widespread following the introduction of the 0.8 mg Baycol tablet, as doctors were keen to move patients straight to this increased dosage from the previous, safer 0.4 mg tablets.


 

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Baycol and Gemfiborzil case?
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