To date, more than 9,000 lawsuits have been filed across the country against the makers and distributors of Xarelto. Currently, more than 7,000 cases are pending in New Orleans, Louisiana in the multi-district (MDL) overseen by U.S. District Court Judge Eldon Fallon. There are approximately 1,000 state court cases pending in Pennsylvania, 1,000 cases in Delaware, and additional cases in California state courts.
Xarelto is a blood thinner manufactured by German drug maker Bayer AG and distributed in the U.S. by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. Xarelto entered the U.S. market in July 2011, and is currently approved for six indications, including reducing the risk of stroke in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation; treating deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism, and reducing the recurrence of these conditions; and preventing blood clots in patients following knee or hip surgery.
Xarelto carries a significant risk of severe, uncontrolled internal bleeding, with bleeding most often occurring in the gastrointestinal tract or brain. Patients who experience internal bleeding caused by Xarelto are often subjected to hospitalization, blood transfusions, surgeries, strokes, debilitating sickness and disabilities, and/or death.
According to the Institute of Safe Medication Practices, data from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration shows that Xarelto accounted for the largest number of reported cases of domestic, serious injury among regularly monitored drugs in 2015. In 2015, there was a total of 10,674 reports involving patients on Xarelto, including 1,121 patient deaths and 4,508 injuries requiring hospitalization. The most frequent reports involved bleeding on the brain and in the intestines. U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon has selected four “bellwether” cases to be tried early next year in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas.
If you or someone you know have developed internal bleeding after using baby Xarelto, contact our firm to learn more about your legal options. You may be able to file a lawsuit against the company, and be compensated for your medical costs and pain and suffering. Call attorney Jamie Sheller at 1 800 883 2299.