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Cardioplegia Death Lawsuits Settled for $5.5 Million

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The survivors of four patients killed by tainted cardioplegia have settled lawsuits with the maker of the drug for a total of $5.5 million.  Central Admixture Pharmacy Services and its parent company, B. Braun Medical, have now paid out more than $6 million to settle 9 of 10 wrongful death and personal injury lawsuits filed on behalf of patients who were administered the drug at Mary Washington Hospital between December 2004 and September 2005. Despite the settlements, neither Central Admixture nor B. Braun has admitted any wrongdoing in the cardioplegia contamination.

Cardioplegia is a drug solution that paralyzes the heart during cardiac surgery. Mary Washington Hospital closed its cardiac surgery program for two weeks in 2005 after three patients who had been administered cardioplegia developed dangerous inflammations.  One of those patients eventually died.  The Fredricksburg, VA hospital later determined that at least 11 cardiac surgery patients had been  stricken as a result of tainted cardioplegia. 

A Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and  Centers for Disease Control (CDC) investigation would confirm the presence of several types of bacteria in opened and unopened bags of cardioplegia. Then, in March 2006, the  Maryland State Board of Pharmacy reported that the Lanham, Md. Central Admixture plant were the cardioplegia had been manufactured was contaminated by bacteria.  The report described “significant” violations of U.S. pharmacy regulations at the facility, and said “there was no assurance of sterility” of any of the products manufactured at the plant.

Last year, a judge in Spotsylvania County Circuit Court approved four settlements inthe cases, but the terms were not disclosed.  The Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star and the Richmond Times-Dispatch successfully filed suit requesting that the terms be made public. According to the Times-Dispatch, the unsealed documents showed that the four settlements ranged from $1.15 million to $1.9 million. One involved a $600,000 payment and then a series of payments over the next 12 to 20 years to three survivors totaling an additional $652,000.

Two other wrongful death settlements in the amount of $249,000 and $108,000 were disclosed earlier and were not among the settlements revealed this week.  The company also made undisclosed payments to three patients who survived their surgeries but claimed injuries.

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