Dallas lawyer Fred Baron dying of cancer denied medication by drug company

Breaking news:  Dallas trial lawyer & Democratic fund raiser, Fred Baron, is dying of cancer. Presidents, senators, and Democratic party leaders are pleading with drug company, Biogen Idec.

Texas product liability attorney, Fred Baron, “The King of Toxic Torts”, is pleading with drug company, Biogen Idec, officials to allow him use of an experimental cancer drug. The former president of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America has final stage multiple myeloma. Multiple myeloma is a type of bone marrow cancer with no known cure. The drug in question, Tysabri, has been approved for use with multiple sclerosis and Crohn’s disease. Tysabri triggers specific immune system responses with certain cell structures. Treating doctors at the Mayo Clinic believe Mr. Baron’s cancer has the same markers.

Biogen has recently begun testing Tysabri for off-label use with multiple myeloma cancer. The company currently has sole discretion of off-label uses for Tysabri. The drug manufacturer is not granting the Baron family access. The retired Dallas trial attorney and his family are hoping Biogen Idec officials will change their minds and allow use of the possible lifesaving drug. Fred Baron is running out of time and Tysabri seems to be his last option.

Gifted product liability lawyer, Baron, retired at the end of 2002 after he sold his shares in Baron & Budd. His former law firm is one of the largest firms in the United States and has fought courageously for victims rights. The lawyer has advocated for people injured by chemical exposure particularly involving asbestos products resulting in mesothelioma lung cancer lawsuits.

Product liability reporter Heather L. Ryan for JusticeNewsFlash a legal news distribution network covering stories related to toxic tort lawsuits, mass tort litigation, product liability claims, cancer cluster suits, mesothelioma lung cancer actions and asbestos product exposure.

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Heather L. Ryan, R.N., C.L.N.C- Heather Ryan is a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant with 15 years of experience in the health care industry. Her expertise in reviewing medical records and assisting lawyers with the determination as to whether legal action should be taken provides an invaluable asset to the newsroom. Medical-malpractice, products liability, personal injury and workers’ compensation are some of the recent areas of litigation Ms. Ryan has focused her efforts on. A member of the Florida Justice Association, Heather maintains a long list of certifications and credentials to support her areas of expertise and stays up-to-date with her clinical knowledge working as an emergency room/trauma nurse, at a Level 1, Adult/Pediatric trauma and teaching institution in South Florida.