Patients weren’t warned of serious bleeding risk
UPDATE: RPWB is no longer taking new clients for the litigation.
The blood thinner Xarelto causes uncontrolled bleeding in some patients who took the drug to prevent blood clots following surgical procedures or to minimize the risk of strokes due to atrial fibrillation. Because there is no antidote to the bleeding, it can have profound health effects on patients and is even known to cause death.
We wanted to take a moment to bring you up to speed on the case against Xarelto. If you or someone close to you has experienced uncontrolled bleeding or hemorrhagic stroke after taking Xarelto, we believe it is important for you to understand your legal rights. Our firm represents people nationwide who have been injured as a result of taking Xarelto. Please contact us if we can be of assistance.
The warnings given to patients and physicians are insufficient. This particular class of anticoagulants can cause severe injury or even death if the bleeding is not able to be controlled. Unlike some other anticoagulants, there is not currently an antidote for the severe bleeding.
Xarelto was approved in July 2011 for use in patients to reduce the risk of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism following joint replacement surgery. Several months later, it was approved for use by people suffering from atrial fibrillation (irregular heart rate). At the same time, the label warnings were updated to include an increased risk of bleeding.
In October 2017, Bayer pulled the plug on a study after lackluster results were beginning to show that the drug was no more effective in preventing strokes than a common over-the-counter drug. In the study, Xarelto did not prevent strokes as well as low doses of aspirin. Those who used Xarelto suffered more uncontrolled bleeding events than aspirin users.
Litigation against a similar drug, Pradaxa, was settled in May 2014 for $650 million. The watchdog group, Institute for Safe Medicines Practices, issued a report in 2013 stating that more patients have suffered serious adverse events from Xarelto than with Pradaxa.
Xarelto was developed by Bayer and marketed in the United States by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a division of Johnson & Johnson. Annual sales in the United States were expected to top $1 billion dollars last year. Xarelto is the cornerstone of Bayer’s pharmaceutical business. The manufacturers are actively seeking to broaden its usage to also include acute coronary syndrome. The company has predicted the drug’s sales will eventually top $3.5 billion a year.
We believe it is important for people who suffered from uncontrolled bleeding after taking Xarelto to file suit. Not only should they be fully compensated for their injuries, but doing so also will push the manufacturer to improve the information it provides consumers and physicians. This will enable people to make an informed choice about whether they want to use Xarelto.
In late 2014, the thousands of Xarelto cases filed in federal courts throughout the country were consolidated in the Eastern District of Louisiana in front of Judge Eldon E. Fallon. Four initial bellwether trials were held through the end of 2017. The first trial began the week of April 24, and concluded with a defense verdict in early May. The second Xarelto trial began on May 30, and ended with a defense verdict on June 13. It was followed by another defense verdict in the third trial. In November 2017, the litigation shifted to state court in Philadephia, where more than 1,500 Xarelto cases are pending, and the jury returned a $29 million verdict on behalf of a woman who suffered from gastrointestinal bleeding from taking Xarelto. That award was later reversed on appeal.
On February 27, 2018, Judge Fallon released a new case management order that called for the 1,200 Xarelto cases to be prepared for trial. Those cases will be selected in April and August. Discovery for the first wave of 600 cases is scheduled to be completed by late 2018 or early 2019.
The individual characteristics of each case are different, so we urge patience as the process unfolds. As of May 2017, there were reported to be more than 18,000 Xarelto lawsuits filed in federal and state court.
If you or a loved one experienced uncontrolled bleeding as a result of taking Xarelto, the time is right to file suit. Statutes of limitation may impact the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit. Please contact us so we can answer specific questions about your case and the legal process for obtaining compensation for your injuries.
RPWB represents people throughout the country who were injured as a result of taking Xarelto. Unlike some of the other websites you may have clicked on, we are not a legal lead generation service. We are real lawyers who will handle your case. Our firm is well-known for its work in helping those who have been harmed by pharmaceutical drugs and medical devices. We are a 2018 U.S. News & World Report Best Law Firm. Our pharmaceutical team has been appointed lead counsel in seven large multi-district litigations and leadership positions in many more.
Our attorneys are sensitive to the wishes of our clients yet tenacious and experienced enough to secure the compensation our clients need and deserve. Please contact us to set up a free, no obligation case review to learn about your legal options.
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