- Baxter Althane disaster
The Baxter Althane disaster in autumn 2001 was a series of 53 sudden deaths of
renal failurepatients in Spain, Croatia, Italy, Germany, Taiwan, Colombia and the USA (mainly Nebraska and Texas). All had received hospital treatment with Althane hemodialysisequipment, a product range manufactured by Baxter International, USA.
Although official investigations initially found no link between the cases, Baxter Co. eventually published its own findings, admitting that a perfluorohydrocarbon-based cleaning fluid was not properly removed from the tubings during manufacture. Baxter also announced discontinuation and permanent recall of all Althane equipment. Families of most non-US victims were compensated by Baxter voluntarily, while US plaintiffs settled via a
class action lawsuit. The company continues to manufacture kidney machines of a newer design.
* [http://www.baxter.com/about_baxter/news_room/news_releases/2002/1-07-02substance.html "Baxter News Release" "Baxter Corporation responds to Croatian Investigators", 7 Jan 2002]
* [http://www.baxter.com/about_baxter/news_room/news_releases/2001/11-28spsettlement.html "Baxter News Release" "Baxter announces agreement with families... in Spain", 28 Nov 2001]
* [http://classaction.findlaw.com/cases/baxter/Class Action Suit alert at findlas.com]
* [http://www.thenownews.com/issues04/063104/news/063104nn2.html Story in the "
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