Xarelto Class Action Lawsuits
If you have found this page, there’s a good chance that you or a loved one has experienced some of the negative side effects of the drug Xarelto, and now you’re looking for options and information on how to proceed. If so, you’re in the right place.
Welcome to the Class Action Legal Center Xarelto information page. Here, you will find valuable insight and information on the medical conditions caused by the drug, your legal rights to recover damages or compensation, and the resources available to you in pursuit of that recovery. We hope that you will use this page to answer some of your general questions and to contact us with your more specific questions and concerns.
Legal Actions So Far
There are currently over 18,000 lawsuits pending before the court as of this writing, so clearly if you have experienced side effects of this drug, you aren’t alone. Obviously, the circumstances, details, and potential settlements in each case differ based on specifics. This is where the legal pros at Class Action Legal Center can help. We specialize in evaluating the individual circumstances of your case and connecting you with the best attorneys and firms in the nation to ensure you get the justice to which you are entitled. Our clients have already recovered hundreds of millions in damages and settlements in similar cases.
With this drug, what is alleged in many of the pending suits is that the drug makers and marketers were well aware of the high risk involved, and did not adequately disclose that risk to doctors and patients. If proven, this claim would make the drug maker legally liable for damages to anyone who suffered the ill effects of the drug. While this claim is hotly denied by the drugs’ manufacturers, it is easy to see how this could happen. Billions of dollars in annual sales are at stake, and Xarelto remains a popular and heavily prescribed medication. Time after time, consumers have seen their safety traded for higher Big Pharma profit margins. Many experienced attorneys believe that it has happened again here. Let the Class Action Law Center connect you with one of those skilled and successful attorneys.
What is Xarelto, and What Does it Do?
Xarelto is the name brand of the drug Rivaroxaban. It was developed in 2008 and approved by the FDA in 2011 by Bayer and is marketed in the US by Jassen Pharmaceutica. The drug is a blood thinner and anticoagulant and is used to treat and prevent averse blood clotting which can lead to stroke (deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, or the clotting effect of atrial fibrillation.) It is also commonly used after knee or hip surgeries, again, to prevent averse blood clotting.
Sounds pretty good, right?
Unfortunately, this drug has some quite severe side effects. People using it have suffered from gastrointestinal, cranial, and retinal hemorrhaging. Worse, and unlike other anticoagulants, there is no way to turn off the anticoagulant effect of the drug, as there is with other anticoagulants, in an emergency. Doctors have seen patients bleed to death and had no way to stop it, due to this critical and potentially deadly shortcoming.
What Happens Now?
Now is the time for you to take action. The statute of limitation for claims of this kind can quickly run out while you try to decide what to do. If you, or someone you care about, has suffered the destructive and terrifying effects of this drug, please reach out to the trusted professionals at Class Action Law Center today. Our team of trusted experts will evaluate the details of your case and experience, and give you a realistic appraisal of chances and expectations for damages and compensation.
What’s more, there is no fee, and no risk, in doing so. We work with only the top attorneys and firms, and they only receive compensation if they recover damages on your behalf. Class Action Law Center can get you started right now on the road to recovery. The process begins today. Fill out the form on this page to provide us with the details we need to connect you with the attorney most suited to your specific case. It’s quick, easy, and absolutely free.
Big Pharma has an army of lawyers in their service. Shouldn’t you have one to match? At Class Action Legal Center, we have our own force of experienced, skilled, and trustworthy attorneys ready to fight for you. Don’t wait another day to get started!
Bellwether Trials in the Xarelto MDL is Set to Begin This Spring
A judge, Eldon E Fallon of the U.S. District Court in Louisiana has moved the date for the long-awaited bellwether trials ahead to April 2017. Initially, the trial date had been set to begin in February but due to a conflict of scheduled events, the trial start date had to be pushed to April.
The Xarelto bellwether trials will serve to help the attorneys and judges involved in the now massive number of case to determine how the following cases may go. Over the past few years, claims against Johnson & Johnson and Bayer, the massive healthcare companies and the makers have begun to stack up. Now it is estimated that the number of lawsuits against the healthcare juggernauts has grown to around 10,000.
Risk of Bleeding
Originally approved for its introduction into the market by the FDA in 2012 it fast became one of the top-selling drugs on the market. Soon, however, it became apparent the drug was problematic as thousands of reports started surfacing regarding the drug’s deadly side effects. After less than a year, 2,000 reports were made including 151 deaths. In 2014, the FDA released a warning that Xarelto may cause uncontrollable hemorrhaging. The warning also stated that there was no known antidote to stop the bleeding once it started.
The Bellwether Trials and the MDL
In December of 2014, MDL 2592 was established by Lawyers in the Eastern District of Louisiana by the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. On January 29, 2015, the first Xarelto MDL pretrial conference was held by Judge Fallon. After much preparation, the first case is set for trial in April 2017.
The Eastern District of Louisiana will host the first two Bellwether trials which are set for April 24, 2017, which is the Joseph Boudreaux case, and the Joseph Orr case which is set for May 30, 2017. The next two Bellwether trials will be conducted in the Southern District of Mississippi in June 2017 and in the North District of Texas in July 2017.
The Boudreaux case was filed in December 2014. The plaintiff, in this case, claims that he was prescribed for his atrial fibrillation in order to reduce the risk of stroke. However, within a month of taking it, Mr. Boudreaux suffered from a severe and life-threatening gastrointestinal bleed. The plaintiff was hospitalized and received several blood transfusions.
In the Orr case, the plaintiff and her Lawyers allege that his wife, Sharon began taking Rivaroxaban in May 2015 for atrial fibrillation. It is alleged that within one month of her using Rivaroxaban she developed a brain hemorrhage and died after being hospitalized and suffering for 10 days from the bleed.
Plaintiffs in these cases are alleging that the company failed to provide patients with an adequate warning as to the severity of side effects that can accompany taking the drug. They are also claiming that the company fraudulently claimed the drug was safer than other drugs that are used for the same conditions through false advertising. It is alleged that the company also did not make consumers aware of the fact that there is not an antidote to treat the most severe and deadly side effect of Xarelto which is internal bleeding. In addition, it is alleged physicians were encouraged to prescribe the medication without proper knowledge of the severity of the risks of life-threatening side effects.
Xarelto is prescribed to those who have an increased risk of blood clots primarily in patients who suffer from atrial fibrillation. The drug acts as a blood thinner to prevent or treat types of blood clots called deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolus. It is an anticoagulant that works by blocking certain proteins in the blood that contribute to clotting.
If you or someone you know has suffered life-threatening side effects or death you may be entitled to receive compensation for your suffering. If you have suffered from any side effects or health complications from the use of Xarelto, we can help you.
There are about 2,000 class action cases involved in the Xarelto Settlements, but it is expected that several thousand additional cases will be filed over the next year or two. The number of lawsuits is expected to grow however due to the fact that as more and more people take the drug, there is an increase in the amount of people with adverse side effects.