Drug Injury News: Baby deaths result in $110M settlement for E-Ferol lawsuit

Legal news for drug injury attorneys. A class-action lawsuit forced E-Ferol distributor and manufacture to pay $110 million.

Drug injury lawyer alert- A class action lawsuit regarding a non-FDA approved drug that caused baby deaths has reached a $110M settlement.

Wichita Falls, TX—A $110 million class action settlement against the manufacturer and distributor of E-Ferol was approved on Friday,
April 9, 2010 by a Wichita Falls federal judge. E-Ferol, is accused of causing the deaths of at least 38 babies during the mid-1980s. The supplement was developed to help prevent blindness in premature babies, as reported by Star-Telegram.

The intravenous vitamin E supplement was marketed to hospitals for premature babies without the Food and Drug Administrations (FDA) http://www.fda.gov/ approval. On April 11, 1984 the drug was recalled, as deaths began to build up across hospitals nationwide. E-Ferol was only on the market five months before being pulled by the feds.

Dozens of children also had liver and kidney damages from taking E-Ferol. Nearly 26 years later at least 369 plaintiffs have joined a class action lawsuit against the manufacturer, Carter-Glogau Laboratories of Glendale, Ariz., and the distributor, O’Neal, Jones & Feldman Pharmaceuticals of Maryland Heights, Mo. Three executives at the two companies who distributed and made the drug were found guilty of fraud, misbranding and selling an unapproved dangerous drug. They have been sentenced to six months in prison. Lawyers representing the plaintiffs claim, “the manufacturers lied to the hospitals…We have 42 deaths in our class, and there was another 45 deaths that were litigated before our class came into being.”

Legal News Reporter: Nicole Howley-Legal news for drug injury lawyers.

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