Landmark Settlement for Contaminated Medicine
Baxter Healthcare introduced a medicine known as Gammagard in 1986. Gammagard was manufactured by pooling human blood plasma from thousands of
Our client was infected with Hepatitis C after using contaminated Gammagard. She brought a lawsuit against Baxter for negligence. Bob Kelley, attorney for the client’s family, presented testimony from nationally recognized pharmaceutical experts. A former Baxter scientist testified about his futile efforts trying to pressure Baxter to introduce a solvent detergent process to protect against contamination. Baxter settled the case for a confidential amount during the
After many others were infected, Baxter finally introduced Gammagard S/D. The S/D marking reflects that the product was treated with solvents and detergents that kill viruses, including HIV and hepatitis.