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Although Baycol has now been recalled from the U.S. market, it was a prescription-only drug designed to lower cholesterol.  Baycol is one of a class of drugs called statins, which lower cholesterol by blocking one of the body's enzymes that synthesizes cholesterol. 

Baycol was first approved for use in the United States in 1997.  Since that time, it has been used by approximately 700,000 people in the United States, and over 6 million worldwide.

In August, 2001, the manufacturer of Baycol, Bayer Pharmaceutical, withdrew the drug from the market due to over 100 deaths and numerous debilitating ailments linked to Rhabdomyolysis.

Rhabdomyolysis is a serious and sometimes fatal illness that causes muscle cells to breakdown, then release the muscle's contents directly into the bloodstream. Symptoms include weakness, tenderness, fever, dark urine, muscle pain, nausea and vomiting.  The most affected areas of the body are the lower back and calves.  In certain cases, patients develop renal or other organ failure, which could result in death.

According to the FDA (Federal Drug Administration), the two groups most at risk of Rhabdomyolysis are the elderly, and those using Baycol in conjunction with the drug, Gemifibrozil.

National lawsuits have been filed against Bayer, GlaxoSmithKline and others in 50 federal courts.  These lawsuits cite the recent deaths and injuries caused by Baycol. 

If you or someone you care about has been taking Baycol and experienced any symptoms of Rhabdomyolysis, a cash award may be obtainable.  Fill out our questionnaire to obtain a free consultation and find out what your case is worth.

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