Patients of Recalled Anemia Drug Use Must Step Forward, Lawyer Says

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The drug Omontys was used on 25,000 patients to treat anemia before being recalled for serious, even fatal drug reactions. Michael Steinger calls for affected patients to step forward.

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We're happy that the FDA and manufacturer recalled the drug so quickly, but thousands of patients were put at risk.

Omontys, a drug made by Affymax, was designed to treat anemia in kidney dialysis patients. After one year and 25,000 patients, all batches of the drug have been recalled because of serious and sometimes fatal drug reactions according to the New York Times published on February 24, 2013. Attorney and patient advocate Michael Steinger is calling for the alleged victims of the drug to speak up.

Anemia is a common risk for dialysis patients, and Omontys was the preferred treatment in many clinics because it can be given just once a month – other treatments require many doses per month. According to a February 22 statement by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), at least 98 “adverse events” occurred with the drug, typically involving an unexpected allergic reaction. The FDA connected these reactions with three deaths.

The drug has been completely recalled, but Steinger says numerous patients may already have been affected.

“We're happy that the FDA and manufacturer recalled the drug so quickly, but thousands of patients were put at risk,” Steinger said. “They thought they were getting help and their lives were in danger.”

The deaths were caused when allergic reactions developed into anaphylaxis, a swelling of the air passages that prevents breathing as stated in the New York Times article mentioned above.

“Patients on kidney dialysis are already in fragile condition,” alleged Steinger. “I urge anyone who may have experienced adverse reactions from Omontys to step forward and consider legal action.”

Steinger said that patients who used the drug may be owed compensation and should speak to a lawyer immediately.

About Michael Steinger:

West Palm Beach car accident lawyer Michael Steinger is a dedicated victim advocate. Co-founder of Steinger, Iscoe and Greene, Mr. Steinger focuses much of his practice on the victims of unsafe products, and is also recognized as a leading West Palm Beach car accident lawyer. He maintains a strict promise only to work on behalf of victims and never big business. He can be contacted at:

Steinger, Iscoe and Greene
1645 Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard
Ninth Floor
West Palm Beach, Florida 33401

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