The Hazards of Trasylol: The drug was recalled because of evidence that it leads to increased risk of kidney failure, stroke, and death. People who suffered from its side effects could also face additional medical problems and costs, such as dialysis and corrective surgery. A 2008 CBS story linked Trasylol to as many as 22,000 deaths.
The drug was also linked to encepolapathy in heart-surgery patients. That condition denotes changes in brain structure that can be traced to infection, medicinal side effects, tumor, or stroke. It can be indicated by loss of concentration, twitching, seizures, or personality changes.
Bayer has settled over 150 Trasylol lawsuits; other lawsuits may still be pending.