Baycol is a prescription drug used to reduce cholesterol. Its chemical
name is cerivastatin. It was sold only as Baycol in the United States,
but it was sold in other countries as Lipobay, Liposterol, Cholstat,
Colstat, Cerivastatine, Vaslip, Kazak, Staltor, Lipogis, and Zenas.
Baycol was manufactured by Bayer and sold jointly by Bayer and GlaxoSmithKline.
These are both large, multi-national corporations with headquarters
in both the United States and Europe.
did it go off the market?
Baycol was withdrawn from the United States market on August 8,
2001. It was withdrawn in the rest of the world shortly afterward.
it be missed?
No. There are five other drugs in the same class of cholesterol-lowering
drugs, called statins, as Baycol. The other five, Lipitor, Zocor,
Pravachol, Mevacor, and Lescol, remain on the market and are widely
prescribed. These other statins work as well or better than Baycol
to reduce cholesterol with less risk of serious side effects.
was it taken off the market?
Baycol was from ten to 80 times more likely to cause a serious muscle
disease called rhabdomyolysis than the other statins, depending
on which one it is compared to, and it had no compensating benefit.
The FDA requested its withdrawal for safety reasons. Baycol was
even more dangerous when Lopid, a different kind of cholesterol-lowering
drug, was prescribed to be taken with Baycol.
harm does it do?
Baycol made many people sick with rhabdomyolysis. Rhabdomyolysis
starts by causing myoglobin to leech out of muscles. This usually
leaves the muscles weak, aching, or painful. In severe cases, paralysis
can develop. Then, when the myoglobin reaches the kidneys, a second
problem can occur, because myoglobin clogs the kidneys, which can
cause them to shut down. This is a life-threatening condition, and
it can cause death in several different ways. Even when the rhabdomyolysis
is treated promptly and effectively, some people still die, and
for others the recovery can be slow and incomplete. In one of our
cases, the victim is left unable to use his legs, unable to speak,
brain damaged, and in need of 24-hour a day care for the rest of
kind of litigation is underway?
Lawsuits on behalf of people who developed rhabdomyolysis from Baycol
have been filed all over the country. All cases handled by Hill,
Peterson, Carper, Bee & Deitzler, P.L.L.C., have now been settled.
What did Hill, Peterson, Carper, Bee & Deitzler, P.L.L.C.,
do in the Baycol litigation?
We joined forces with another law firm for the common benefit of
our Baycol clients. As stated above, we have now settled all of
our Baycol cases.
did I have a case?
If you developed rhabdomyolysis while taking Baycol, you probably
had a case. Some people developed rhabdomyolysis, but their doctors
called it something else, such as myositis or myopathy. If your
records supported a diagnosis of rhabdomyolysis, this provided the
basis for a meritorious claim, even if your doctor did not call
it rhabdomyolysis at the time. We're happy to answer any questions
you may still have. Contact us or call
us toll-free at 1-800-822-5667.