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 April 9 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 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.
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