Wrongful death lawsuit filed on behalf of late UA Athletic Dir. Mal Moore

Published: Apr. 6, 2015 at 8:17 PM CDT|Updated: May. 6, 2015 at 8:17 PM CDT
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TUSCALOOSA, AL (WSFA) - A wrongful death lawsuit now marks the two year anniversary of the passing of longtime University of Alabama Athletic Director Mal Moore. The suit was filed on Moore's behalf on March 30, 2015 by his daughter, Heather Moore Cook. She acts as executor of his estate.

Cook's suit names Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Par Pharmaceuticals, Inc. as the defendants and claims her father, "suffered severe and debilitating injuries to his pulmonary system" while taking the drug amiodarone, a generic form of the drug Cordarone®, and that it "result[ed] in his slow and painful death."

The suit explains that Moore suffered from what is known as atrial fibrillation, which the Mayo Clinic describes as an irregular and often rapid heart rate that commonly causes poor blood flow. Though it's considered a serious medical condition, it is not typically considered life-threatening. The Moore suit specifically states it was not a life-threatening condition in his case.

The suit alleges that Moore's death was "directly and proximately caused" by Wyeth's "long term off label and other promotional and marketing activities associated with the sale of amiodarone and the failure to adequately inform physicians of the potential dangers..." It also cites "failure to provide up to date and required labeling" along with Medication Guides that the FDA requires be given to patients.

[DOCUMENT: Moore wrongful death suit (.pdf)]

Cook's suit says her father was prescribed a 90-day supply of the drug in spring of 2012 and he soon started experiencing various symptoms that would have been outlined in the Medication Guide. The suit explains that Moore's condition continued to decline, making it difficult for him to perform duties as UA Athletic Director.

In early 2013 Moore's condition was such that the suit says his pulmonologist advised him to get his affairs in order and pursue his "bucket list", a phrase used to describe the things someone wants to do before they die.

Moore stepped down from his position as Alabama's Athletics Director shortly before his death. He was named Athletic Director Emeritus but died just over a week later on March 30, 2013 while waiting for a lung transplant at Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina.

A legend at the University Alabama, Moore was a coach, player and athletic director who was part of 10 national championships (1961, 1964, 1965, 1973, 1978, 1979, 1992, 2009, 2011 and 2012), 16 SEC championships and 39 bowl trips.

The suit seeks compensatory damages, any possible interest, attorneys' fees and a jury trial.

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