Thousands Of Blood Thinner Patients Join Xarelto Litigation

Thousands Of Blood Thinner Patients Join Xarelto Litigation 2017-10-11T14:00:08+00:00

An astonishing 18,000 injured patients have already filed Xarelto lawsuits in federal and state courts across the country. The popular “new generation” blood thinner has been linked to a host of severe side effects:

  • Internal Bleeding
  • Stroke
  • Heart Attack

While initial trials have already begun, there is still time for new patients and families to pursue claims of their own. Contact our experienced product liability attorneys now for a free consultation.

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Xarelto is one of the world’s most popular new blood thinners, promising millions of aFib patients an effective alternative to traditional anticoagulants like warfarin. But the drug was released without an antidote, leaving doctors without any way to reverse uncontrollable – and potentially fatal – bleeding events. Nearly 19,000 patients and families have now filed Xarelto lawsuits, and this massive litigation is moving quickly.

Louisiana Xarelto MDL Spurs Huge Litigation

The vast majority of federal Xarelto lawsuits have been consolidated in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana since December 2014.

As a Multi-District Litigation, or MDL, claims filed in federal courts across the country are being transferred to New Orleans, where plaintiffs can collaborate in developing evidence and arguments. MDL is a legal mechanism used when multiple lawsuits share similar factual allegations and legal issues.

Instead of litigating their disputes separately, the Xarelto plaintiffs have come together, gaining in efficiency and speed. Likewise, Xarelto’s manufacturer, Bayer, can now easily dispute accusations in a global manner, rather than filing motions in federal courts scattered around the United States.

Multi-District Litigation Promotes Settlement Negotiation

Multi-District Litigation is largely geared to encourage settlements, rather than protracted litigation. In line with this goal, District Judge Eldon Fallon has scheduled a slate of initial “bellwether” trials, in which both sides in the dispute will be able to air their arguments and evidence before real juries.

These first trials will help to gauge the case’s strength; are actual juries convinced that Xarelto is an unreasonably dangerous blood thinner, as thousands of plaintiffs allege? Did Bayer and Xarelto co-marketer Johnson & Johnson fail to provide doctors and patients with adequate warnings? These judgments could then come to impact settlement negotiations, as both patients and Bayer learn more about where they stand.

Bellwether Losses Haven’t Deterred Injured Patients

Because the Xarelto litigation is particularly large, Judge Fallon has selected a total of 40 cases for trial. And three of these lawsuits have already gone to trial. Unfortunately, in all three, federal juries have found in favor of the defense, ruling that Bayer and Johnson & Johnson did not fail to warn the public and medical community of the drug’s bleeding risks.

Despite these preliminary losses, plaintiffs attorneys are determined to fight on and convinced that future juries will be persuaded to hold Bayer and Johnson & Johnson liable.

Is Xarelto Safe?

Xarelto is a brand-name prescription blood thinner manufactured by Bayer and marketed in the United States by the Janssen Pharmaceuticals unit of Johnson & Johnson. Xarelto is different from other blood thinners because it belongs to a certain class of drugs called Xa inhibitors, meaning that it keeps blood from clotting by blocking the chemical responsible for that function, thrombin. The active ingredient in Xarelto is rivaroxaban.

Since its release onto the market in 2011, over 11 million prescriptions for Xarelto have been written by physicians across the country. The drug’s initial popularity among patients and doctors was due to the fact that each prescription of the anticoagulant came as a uniform dose. Starting a patient on a Xarelto regimen didn’t require the customized treatment plans and specialized diets that other popular blood thinners do, Bayer argued, giving doctors and patients around the world new hope.

The drug’s manufacturers marketed the drug as more convenient because there is no required blood monitoring and testing with a Xarelto regimen.

Lawsuits: Xarelto Is Dangerous

But thousands of patients and grieving families say these pharmaceutical marketing claims were all lies. Xarelto, they say in their lawsuits, is much safer when physicians take dosing considerations into account; telling doctors otherwise simply increases the risk for devastating bleeding events.

And while all anticoagulant drugs pose a risk for excessive bleeding, Xarelto was released onto the market without an antidote. The effects of the traditional blood thinner warfarin, on the other hand, can be quickly reversed if bleeding should occur. Nor were Bayer and Johnson & Johnson forthright in their presentation of Xarelto’s true bleeding complications, the plaintiffs claim, citing a number of medical studies that have shown higher risks. All this renders Xarelto a dangerous, improperly-marketed drug, patients say, one that should never have been released without an effective antidote.

Lucrative Blood Thinner Under Fire

Despite the huge litigation that has grown up around these allegations, Bayer and Johnson & Johnson continue to reap major financial rewards from selling Xarelto. In the first quarter of 2012, Xarelto prescriptions were written for 130,000 residents of the United States and in 2013 alone, Xarelto sales made Bayer $1.3 billion. These sales are expected to rise in the coming years. In its World Preview, EvaluatePharma estimated that Xarelto will generate $3.7 billion in sales by 2018, making it the 19th best-selling drug in the world if these estimates prove true. These predicted sales will also be a dramatic increase in the drugs initial revenue, which was $596 million in 2012.



Latest Xarelto News

Laurence P. Banville - Xarelto Product Lawyer
Since Xarelto was released on the market there have been millions of prescriptions written for the drug, but these prescriptions have come at a life-threatening price. Here you will find the latest news about Xarelto lawsuits and the effects the drug has had on people who took the drug not knowing its full side effects.

October 11, 2017 – Xarelto Manufacturers Terminate Large Trial Early

When Xarelto was first released on the market in 2011 until just recently it made up more than half of the oral blood thinner market, bringing in $1.16 billion in just the first 6 months of 2016. Recently though, other anticoagulants such as Eliquis, have moved onto the market and grown in popularity and revenue. Xarelto manufacturers Bayer and Johnson & Johnson have sought to solidify their drug’s position in the market by finding positive results in clinical studies that would make Xarelto a better choice than its competitors. Yet, after a third party reviewed the clinical study NAVIGATE ESUS and stated that Xarelto would be unlikely to outperform standard of care, the manufacturers opted to end the large and expensive study early.

September 8, 2017 – New Study Results Indicate Higher Risk Of Bleeding For Vascular Disease With Xarelto Than Aspirin

A new study was recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine which suggests that Xarelto may pose a higher amount of bleeding risks for those with artherosclerotic vascular disease than aspirin. The research was designed to specifically compare the Xarelto, aspirin combination to the use of aspirin alone. The study was a double-blind clinical trial involving more than 27,000 participants and researchers looked at rates of cardiovascular death, stroke or heart attack. The results showed that there were fewer cardiovascular problems with the combination of Xarelto and aspirin but 70% more of a likelihood to suffer a bleeding event. The group that only took Xarelto had the same rate of heart problems as those that only took aspirin but suffered far more major bleeding events.

August 24, 2017 – Verdict In Third Xarelto Bellwether Trial Goes To The Defense

The third bellwether trial in the Xarelto MDL resulted in a win for the defendants last week. The lawsuit alleged that Bayer and Janssen, makers of anticoagulant Xarelto, did not give appropriate warnings regarding the risks of uncontrollable bleeding to consumers and the medical community. The plaintiff in this suit suffered acute gastrointestinal bleeding after using Xarelto for only 1 month. The federal jury in Jackson, Mississippi found that the companies were not liable for the injuries suffered by the plaintiff. There are still over 18,000 Xarelto lawsuits pending and while the bellwether trials are supposed to gauge how juries will respond to certain testimony and evidence that would be repeated through thousands of lawsuits, the outcomes are not binding for the other lawsuits.

July 14, 2017 – Thousands Of Deaths In 2016 Linked To Xarelto And Similar Anticoagulants According To New Report

Xarelto and other similar anticoagulants were indicated to have been linked to over 3,000 adverse event reports involving death in 2016 according to the Quarterwatch Report. Data in this report was released by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) which reviews all adverse event reports submitted to the FDA from last year. The conclusion of the report was that harm from blood thinners was the highest priority in 2016 drug safety problems. Several factors contributed to this conclusion such as the seriousness of injuries, high rate of injury, and widespread use. Of all the blood thinners examined, bleeding problems with Xarelto were the most common. There were 21,996 adverse event reports last year which involved serious injuries with anticoagulants, and 68.4% of those reports, or 15,043 reports, were linked to Xarelto.

June 29, 2017 – Second Xarelto Bellwether Trial Goes To The Defense

The second bellwether trial for the Xarelto MDL began late last month in New Orleans. The trial was a wrongful death lawsuit over a woman who died in May 2015 after suffering bleeding problems which the plaintiffs’ allege could have been avoided if the manufacturers of the anticoagulant had provided proper warnings about the possible side effects of the drug. The verdict was returned in favor of the defense in this case. The next bellwether trial is taking place this month in Mississippi and the fourth is set to begin in July in Texas.

May 1, 2017 – First Bellwether Trial Jury Selections Begin

Jury selections for the first bellwether trial in the Xarelto MDL began last week. The first trial will be for a man who took Xarelto to reduce his risk of a stroke due to atrial fibrillation and suffered a severe gastrointestinal bleed which he alleges was caused by the drug. Testimony for the case is expected to begin this week and last about 4 weeks. The second bellwether trial is scheduled to begin on May 30, and other bellwether trials will take place this summer in Texas and Mississippi.

April 4, 2017 – Xarelto Lawsuit Filed For Wrongful Death

On March 20, 2017, a complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. The suit was filed after a Virginia man died when he suffered an aortic aneurysm which the complaint claims was a side effect of Xarelto. The man died on January 13, 2016, after suffering the aneurysm on January 9th. He had taken Xarelto just a week prior to the incident and the manufacturers of the drug, Johnson & Johnson, it’s subsidiary Janssen, and Bayer Healthcare, are named as defendants in the complaint. The suit alleges that the manufacturers failed to adequately warn the medical community and users of the link between bleeding risks and injuries associated with Xarelto.

March 8, 2017- Xarelto Pushed By Drug Companies For Heart Attack Prevention Despite Lawsuits

Bayer Healthcare and Janssen Pharmaceuticals reported on February 8 that Phase 3 Compass clinical trials for Xarelto were stopped early because it showed great success. The trials were meant to determine if the drug could be used to prevent cardiac events in patients. The companies are currently faced with thousands of lawsuits regarding the severe bleeding side effects connected to Xarelto. Despite these suits, they indicated in a statement that they would be looking to obtain FDA approval for the anticoagulant to be promoted as a heart attack prevention drug.

February 7, 2017 – New Lawsuit Alleging Death From Drug Side Effects Joins Xarelto MDL

Another lawsuit regarding Xarelto has joined MDL 2592. The children of a deceased woman have filed suit alleging that the manufacturers failed to warn consumers, medical professionals, and the FDA of the serious, life-threatening side effects associated with the drug. In particular, these plaintiffs reference the negligence of the companies to release the anticoagulant without an antidote to reverse the effects of the drug in the case of emergency bleeding. The plaintiffs, in this case, allege that as a result of Xarelto, their mother suffered life-threatening bleeding, anemia, sepsis and kidney failure before she passed away in January of 2016. The first of the four bellwether trials for MDL 2592 is scheduled to begin in March of this year.

January 24, 2017 – Study Finds Xarelto To Be Least Favorable Among New Blood Thinners

A new study was published on December 31, 2016, in the medical journal Gastroenterology in which Mayo Clinic researchers compared the safety profiles of Xarelto, Eliquis, and Pradaxa. All of the anticoagulants looked at are fairly new and have been developed as replacements to the traditional warfarin. All three drugs have had reports of uncontrollable bleeding and complications as well as thousands of lawsuits claiming injury or wrongful death. Researchers found in the population-based study that Xarelto had higher bleeding rates than the other two anticoagulants studied and it was the least favorable. Drugmakers are still seeking a reversal agent for Xarelto which would make it much safer.

December 2, 2016 – Woman’s Suit Added To Xarelto Litigation

A woman filed a complaint on November 14 against numerous defendants, including Bayer AG, in Cook County Circuit Court. The plaintiff alleges that due to her use of the anticoagulant, Xarelto, she suffered severe physical injuries. Her complaint also alleges that the defendants who manufacture and distribute the drug were responsible for her injuries because they failed to warn consumers of the possible side effects of the drug. The plaintiff seeks compensation greater than $50,000.

November 7, 2016 – Bellwether Selection Process Determined For Philadelphia Xarelto Mass Tort Program

The Philadelphia mass tort program consists of about 1,000 pending Xarelto lawsuits which are similar to the over 7,000 Xarelto lawsuits consolidated in an MDL in the Eastern District of Louisiana. A judge recently ruled how bellwether cases will be selected for trial. Selection of bellwether trial cases will begin in the summer of 2017 and a total of 24 cases will be selected. Trials are scheduled to begin in September and December of 2017. Bellwether cases for the Louisiana MDL have already been selected and are scheduled to begin in early 2017.

October 6, 2016 – Higher Bleeding Risk Found With Xarelto When Compared To Pradaxa

According to study findings published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, Xarelto has a “slight increased risk of bleeding” in comparison to Pradaxa in patients with atrial fibrillation. For the study which was conducted at the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, data was collected on close to 119, 000 Medicare patients with atrial fibrillation treated with either Xarelto or Pradaxa. Little difference was found in stroke risk but a statistically significant increase of stomach and brain bleeding was found in patients taking Xarelto.

September 19, 2016 – Judge Fallon Extends Deadline To File Xarelto Lawsuits Another 90 Days

In mid-August, weeks after the bellwether cases were selected for trial in the MDL, a  deadline extension of 90 days was allowed for some plaintiffs to file Xarelto lawsuits. Judge Fallon explained that the extension was made due to the high influx of complaints seen by the clerk’s office. The first bellwether trial is scheduled to occur in February and there are currently over 7,000 lawsuits consolidated in the MDL. Meanwhile, in Philadelphia, the first trials in the mass tort program are expected to begin next year, in August, as a bellwether program is being negotiated.

August 19, 2016 – Trials For Xarelto Litigation Have Been Selected And Scheduled

Judge Eldon Fallon, who is overseeing the Xarelto MDL 2592, has indicated that four cases will be going to trial starting in February of next year. These four cases are part of the bellwether trials selected in order to streamline the litigation which is now comprised of over 6,400 lawsuits. The first trial will include plaintiffs who originally filed in Louisiana and suffered a bleeding event while between the ages of 50 to 90 years old. The second trial will have plaintiffs who suffered a brain bleed, a stroke, or an injury that resulted in death. The third trial will include plaintiffs who filed in Mississippi originally, suffered gastrointestinal bleeding, and were between the ages of 40 to 80 years old when the event occurred. The fourth trial will take place in Texas involving a bleeding event.   

April 14, 2016- Xarelto Litigation Plaintiffs Band Together To Jointly File A Lawsuit

A group of 10 Xarelto litigation plaintiffs from various states have banded together to jointly file a lawsuit. The reason they are doing this is due to the resemblances in their allegations towards the adverse results, mainly death, suffered from using Xarelto. Those filing this litigation are groups of family members who represent deceased loved ones, who died due to serious medical complications they had while using Xarelto. The lawsuits were jointly filed on November 20, 2015.

March 16, 2016- Xarelto Bellwether Cases Due To Be Chosen

A total of 40 cases are set to be chosen for the Xarelto bellwether pool, this is by order issued by U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon. Selection of the cases will be made with each side choosing 10 cases and a further 20 cases that will be selected randomly. In December 2014, Xarelto lawsuits were combined into a multi-district litigation (MDL).

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