DALLAS (AP) - A judge has approved a $110 million class-action
settlement in a case involving a vitamin supplement linked to the
deaths of dozens of premature infants in the 1980s.
A U.S. District judge in Texas approved the settlement Friday
against the manufacturer and distributor of E-Ferol.
The intravenous vitamin E supplement was administered without
federal approval as a way to prevent or reduce blindness in
premature babies. Federal officials have linked it to 40 deaths.
Attorney Art Brender represented 369 plaintiffs. He said
Saturday that E-Ferol was recalled in 1984. It was on the market
for about four months.
Carter-Glogau Laboratories and O'Neal, Jones & Feldman
Pharmaceuticals are no longer operating. Their attorney says
liability insurance will pay the settlement.