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In 1992, Pfizer Inc. and Shiley Incorporated, a wholly owned subsidiary of Pfizer Inc., negotiated a settlement with members of the Bowling class in the case called Arthur Ray Bowling, et al. v. Pfizer Inc., et al., C-1-91-256, United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Western Division, currently assigned to the Honorable Herman J. Weber.

The Bowling class members were recipients of a mechanical heart valve manufactured by Shiley known as the Björk-Shiley Convexo-Concave (BSCC) who claimed that the heart valve was defective due to a small, but potentially catastrophic risk of strut fracture. The class is defined under the settlement agreement (.tif format - .pdf format) as "all living persons currently implanted with C/C heart valves and their current spouses" as of January 23, 1992, except those persons who opted out (excluded themselves) from the class.

Guidelines have been developed to determine which patients with Björk-Shiley Convexo-Concave heart valves will be compensated from the Settlement for their valve replacement surgery. The guidelines are based on a comparison of the risk of the operation to replace the valve with the risk of fracture if the valve is left in place. If the risk of valve fracture exceeds the risk of reoperation, the class member qualifies for monetary benefits.

As part of the Bowling Settlement, Pfizer and Shiley agreed to deposit money into certain funds. This web site is presented by The Special Masters/Trustees for the Bowling-Pfizer Heart Valve Settlement Funds and the Supervisory Panel to provide information about the settlement. The Trustees have placed on this web site information concerning the settlement, including the Trustees' semi-annual reports, which allow interested people to read about this settlement's progress since its inception.

Additional information on heart valves and/or heart valve research can be found by clicking on more information.