Personal Injury Lawsuit Filed Against Baxter for Near Fatal Adverse Reaction From Contaminated Heparin Drug

CAMDEN, N.J.–LAWFUEL – Legal Newswire –Plaintiff’s counsel announced today that a personal injury lawsuit against Baxter Healthcare for a near fatal adverse reaction from its contaminated prescription drug Heparin was filed in federal court in New Jersey, where Baxter Healthcare, a division of Baxter International, manufactured and marketed Heparin. The claimant seeks damages for physical pain and medical expenses, as well as punitive damages to deter Baxter from similar wrongdoing in the future.

The FDA has reported that over a score of deaths and hundreds of severe allergic reactions have been linked to contaminated Heparin. On March 19, 2008, the FDA announced that the active ingredient in Heparin sold by Baxter was contaminated at the Chinese manufacturing facilities, with a chemically altered form of chondroitin sulfate, a dietary supplement made from animal cartilage that is widely used to treat joint pain.

“Prescription drug manufacturers have a duty to produce products that are safe and free of dangerous ingredients,” stated Wendy R. Fleishman of the New York City office of the national plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP. “Only through a lawsuit or otherwise making a claim against Baxter can patients obtain compensation for their injuries. The American public needs the drug companies, like Baxter, to take responsibility for the safety of their products — especially those like Heparin, which are manufactured in part in China.”

“The complaint charges Baxter with selling Heparin that was defective due to contamination and inadequately inspecting its product,” noted Seth R. Lesser of the Locks Law Firm, PLLC, and co-plaintiff’s counsel. “Baxter failed to undertake adequate testing that would have shown that its Heparin posed a life-threatening risk to patients.”

Information for Heparin Patients

The law in most states provides several personal injury claims for persons who have been seriously injured due to defective prescription drugs and treatments. These claims include strict liability for a defective product, failure to warn, and negligence.

If you would like to learn more about the Heparin recall and your legal rights, please visit

Injured patients and the families of loved ones who died are also welcome to call plaintiffs’ counsel toll-free at 1-800-541-7358 and ask to speak to attorney Heather A. Foster of Lieff Cabraser.

Resources for Reporters

Reporters who wish to receive a copy of the complaint are welcome to contact Brandan de Coteau of Lieff Cabraser at [email protected] or (415) 956-1000.

About Plaintiff’s Counsel

Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP is a fifty-plus attorney law firm that has represented plaintiffs nationwide since 1972. The firm has offices in New York, San Francisco and Nashville. Lieff Cabraser represents plaintiffs in class and group actions and in individual lawsuits in cases involving substantial losses. For the last five years, the National Law Journal has selected Lieff Cabraser as one of the top plaintiffs’ law firms in the nation. Learn more at

With 26 lawyers and a staff of over one hundred in its New York, Philadelphia, and New Jersey offices, Locks Law Firm, PLLC is committed to obtaining justice for its clients and achieving a safer society by seeking jury verdicts that take the profit out of the manufacture of defective products and careless conduct. The firm has more than four decades of experience in litigation involving numerous types of personal injury and class action and consumer fraud claims. Learn more at

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