Jennifer Roberts, a Florida resident, has filed suit against Merck & Co., the maker of Lisinopril. She took Lisinopril for six weeks. When her urine changed color, her doctor “ran all kinds of tests but everything came back negative.” Instead of getting better as her doctor said she would, Ms. Roberts got worse. She wasn’t able to raise her head or stand up straight — and she couldn’t even remember her husband’s name. A worsening of brain function occurs when the liver is no longer able to remove toxic substances in the blood.
Subsequently Ms. Roberts received a liver transplant. By the time she got to Ochsner Clinic, her MELD score was rated 38 and she was gravely ill. Fortunately, Ms. Roberts only had to wait 15 hours for a liver transplant. She was in the hospital for 12 days and was able to get lab work done. Now she has to go back to the hospital every ten weeks to have three stents in her bile duct replaced. Ms. Roberts suffers with her stomach pain every day and will have to be on medications for the rest of her life.