Parker Waichman Alonso LLP Files Suit Against Bayer-Schering on Behalf of Woman Who Developed Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis (NSF) from Contrast Agent Magnevist

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On June 19, 2008, Parker Waichman Alonso LLP filed suit on behalf of a Brooklyn Center, MN woman diagnosed with Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis (NSF) after receiving an injection of Magnevist, a gadolinium contrast dye manufactured by Bayer-Schering and its subsidiary, Berlex Laboratories. NSF is a condition that affects patients with pre-existing kidney disease who have been exposed to gadolinium contrast dyes such as Magnevist. NSF is a debilitating, often fatal disease that robs patients of their mobility. Symptoms of NSF include thickening and hardening of the skin, joint problems, muscle weakness and eye discoloration. The lawsuit was filed with the Multidistrict Legislation, Northern District of Ohio. (Docket Number: 1:08-gd-50207)

On June 19, 2008, Parker Waichman Alonso LLP filed suit on behalf of a Brooklyn Center, MN woman diagnosed with Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis (NSF) after receiving an injection of Magnevist, a gadolinium contrast dye manufactured by Bayer-Schering and its subsidiary, Berlex Laboratories. NSF is a condition that affects patients with pre-existing kidney disease who have been exposed to gadolinium contrast dyes such as Magnevist. NSF is a debilitating, often fatal disease that robs patients of their mobility. Symptoms of NSF include thickening and hardening of the skin, joint problems, muscle weakness and eye discoloration. The lawsuit was filed with the Multidistrict Legislation, Northern District of Ohio (Docket Number: 1:08-gd-50207).

The patient with pre-existing kidney disease, received an injection of gadolinium contrast dye on March 23, 2001 at North Memorial Health Care. In February 2007, the defendant was diagnosed with NSF by doctors at the Mayo Foundation. She continues to suffer from the severe, debilitating and progressive fibrotic changes associated with NSF. This has permanently disabled, disfigured and severely impaired the plaintiff.

The lawsuit alleges that Magnevist is defective, and that the defendants failed to adequately test Magnevist and failed to warn patients about its potential to cause NSF.

The lawsuit further alleges that the chemical make-up of Magnevist makes it more likely that gadolinium will become free within the bodies of recipients, thereby making it more likely that kidney patients will develop NSF.

In September 2007, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) asked the manufacturers of gadolinium contrast dyes to add a black box warning to the product labels about its association with NSF. The FDA also warned that patients with kidney disease should avoid gadolinium contrast agents.

NSF is a devastating condition characterized by high blood pressure, burning, itching, swelling and hardening of the skin. Other symptoms include red or dark patches on the skin; pain deep in the hip bones or ribs and muscle weakness. NSF can progress to the point of causing severe stiffness in joints, and it can lead to death. There is currently no cure for NSF.

Numerous cases have been filed in more than a dozen different federal districts against gadolinium contrast dye manufacturers, including Bayer-Schering. On February 29, 2008 the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation designated the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio as the venue for the many lawsuits that have been filed, and those that will be filed in federal district court, against the makers of gadolinium contrast dyes. The panel indicated that the Northern District Of Ohio provides a relatively central forum for the centralization of this nationwide litigation.

If you or a loved one has developed NSF after being administered a gadolinium contrast dye, please contact our office by visiting http://www.yourlawyer.com. Free case evaluations are also available by calling 1-800-LAW-INFO (1-800-529-4636).

About Parker Waichman Alonso LLP
Parker Waichman Alonso LLP is a leading products liability and personal injury law firm that represents plaintiffs nationwide. The firm has offices in New York, New Jersey and Florida. Parker Waichman Alonso LLP has assisted thousands of clients in receiving fair compensation for injuries resulting from defective products, tainted foods, medications and medical devices.

CONTACT:
Parker Waichman Alonso LLP
Fred R. Rosenthal, Managing Attorney
(800) LAW-INFO
(800) 529-4636
info @ yourlawyer.com
http://www.yourlawyer.com

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