gadolinium

Omniscan & Gadolinium Injections & Injuries

Omniscan is one of five gadolinium-based injections which have been approved by the FDA for use during an MRI with contrast. It is also known to be used during MRA with contrast, even though it has not been approved for this purpose.

The FDA recently released a Public Health Advisory regarding contrast agents containing gadolinium, linking it to a disease known as Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis (NSF) or Nephrogenic Fibrosing Dermopathy (NFD). Gadolinium is a heavy metal which is highly toxic. MRI and MRA contrasting agents that contain gadolinium are supposed secrete out of the body quickly. The danger seems to lie in people with impaired kidney function who may not be able to secrete the toxic substance as quickly as necessary.

The Omniscan injection was introduced in 1988 by GE Healthcare. The manufacturer gave no indications that the injection was not safe for those with impaired kidney function, and the vast majority of those diagnosed with NFD/NSF received the Omniscan injection.

Other manufacturers of gadolinium-based contrast agents include:

  • Magnevist: Bayer Schering Pharma, Berlin, Germany
  • Omniscan: GE Healthcare, Chalfont St. Giles, U.K.
  • OptiMARK: Mallinckrodt, Inc., Hazelwood, Mo.
  • ProHance and Multihance: Bracco Diagnostics Inc., Princeton, N.J.

      There are no known consistently successful Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis treatment options currently available. In many cases individuals become dependent on a wheelchair within weeks of the disease onset, as tightening and contracture of skin over the joints leads to limited mobility. The disorder has also been associated with fibrosis (or scarring) developing in the diaphragm, thigh muscles, lower abdomen and lung vessels. The rare progressive disease can also lead to death in severe cases.

      Side effects of gadolinium after an MRI or MRA contrast dye could include:

      • Thick skin, often described as "woody" and "shiny"
      • Tight skin which contracts around joints, impairing movements
      • Swelling, redness and burning sensations
      • Deep pain in the hip or ribs
      • General muscle weakness

      If you or a loved one has been or may have been harmed or injured by gadolinium injections, contact an experienced product liability lawyer to review your case. The Rasansky Law Firm is actively pursuing these cases, and strive to ensure your legal rights and remedies are protected.

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