The Bayer Corporation produces Baycol, a drug prescribed to control cholesterol. Baycol is also known as Lipobay or cerivastatin sodium. On August 8, 2001 the company announced that it was halting production of Baycol due to the alarming number of serious side effects and other adverse events associated with the drug. At least 100 people have died after taking Baycol.
Baycol is a member of the statin family of cholesterol-lowering drugs
. Bayer pulled the drug from the market because of Baycol's association with myositis
, conditions characterized by severe muscle weakening
, soreness, and kidney damage
. The risk is especially high for women over 65 years of age, and for those who take Gemfibrozil (lopid)
, another cholesterol lowering drug, in conjunction with Baycol. Furthermore, using the antibiotic Biaxin (clarithromycin)
, the anti-fungal drug Nizoral (ketoconazole)
, or the blood thinning drug Coumadin (warfarin)
, concurrently with Baycol, may increase the risk of developing myositis and rhabdomyolysis. The use of Baycol has also been associated with liver abnormalities
The Food & Drug Administration approved Baycol in 1997.
Bayer has spent nearly $500 million in out of court settlements over Baycol.
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