Question:

What is the Latest Status Update for the Xarelto Litigation Over Bleeds, Deaths?

Answer:

A growing number of product liability lawsuits continue to be filed in courts throughout the country on behalf of individuals who allege that side effects of Xarelto caused severe bleeds and other problems, such as

  • Gastrointestinal Bleeding
  • Brain Bleeding
  • Hemorrhagic Stroke
  • Death

The first complaints were filed in early 2014, and by mid-2015 the number of claims involved in the Xarelto litigation has already reached 2,000. However, our Xarelto injury lawyers believe that several thousand additional cases are yet to be filed, and the litigation remains relatively in the early stages.

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The lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are continuing to review potential lawsuits for individuals and family members of Xarelto users who have been hospitalized or suffered severe injury as a result of bleeding events that doctors could not stop due to a lack of a Xarelto reversal agent.

In December 2014, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation established consolidated proceedings for all Xarelto injury cases, transferring all complaints filed throughout the federal court system to U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon in the Eastern District of Louisiana.

As part of the coordinated pretrial proceedings, Judge Fallon has indicated that a small group of representative cases in the litigation will be prepared for early trial dates to help gauge how juries are likely to respond to certain evidence and testimony that is likely to be repeated throughout a number of other cases.

Throughout most of 2015, it is expected that the litigation for Xarelto will be focused on the coordination of discovery from the drug maker, including the review of millions of internal documents surrounding the research, development and marketing of the anticoagulant.

The first Xarelto trial dates are not expected to begin until August 2016. While the outcomes will not be binding on other claims, they may influence eventual negotiations to reach Xarelto settlements.

Allegations Raised in Xarelto Bleeding Litigation

All of the complaints in the Xarelto injury litigation involve similar allegations that Bayer Healthcare and Johnson & Johnson failed to adequately warn consumers or the medical community about the risk of serious and uncontrollable bleeding events associated with the blood thinner.

Xarelto was released in November 2011, as one of a number of new blood thinners designed to prevent strokes due to atrial fibrillation. The drug was launched about a year after its main competitor, Pradaxa.

Drug makers hoped that Xarelto would replace Coumadin (warfarin) as the go-to drug for atrial fibrillation stroke prevention, and as a wide-spectrum use blood thinner.

However, all blood thinners include the risk of bleeding events. To counteract that risk, warfarin has an antidote, vitamin K, which works as a reversal agent, allowing doctors to easily stop and treat warfarin bleeding events in most cases.

That is not the case with Xarelto. It was released with no reversal agent and doctors were given no strategy to control Xarelto bleeds. Some make-shift treatments have been used and developed, but barring a future Xarelto update, there is no approved Xarelto reversal agent.

Centralized Management of Xarelto Lawsuits

The U.S. JPML decided to establish a federal Xarelto MDL (multidistrict litigation) in December 2014, which is designed to reduce duplicative discover, avoid conflicting pretrial rulings and to serve the convenience of the parties, witnesses and courts.

Similar consolidation occurred in Pradaxa lawsuits, which was the first member of this new generation of blood thinners to hit the market. Following several years of litigation, the makers of that anticoagulant agreed to pay a $680 million settlement to resolve about 4,000 Pradaxa bleeding claims.

For individuals who suspect they may have a potential claim, it is important to review your case with a lawyer as soon as possible, as a Xarelto statute of limitations will limit the amount of time available in each case to join the litigation.

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Austin Kirk
Last Updated August 4th, 2015
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9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. derric August 17, 2015 at 3:17 pm - Reply

    Xarelto
    If you ever read this, understand that you took my Mother, my 2 year olds Memaw my sisters Mother my brothers Mother and my fathers Wife of 50 years and would have been many more years …..if….. Money and greed wouldn’t have got involved. How I will never know. But due to the uncontrollable bleeding my loving mother didn’t make it. So i would like to say while you are setting on a beach enjoying all the money you made and having your family with you mine is destroyed torn apart please please believe your greed will put you deep in the pits of Hell. God bless you and may you or your family never go through what my family is going through because of greed.

  2. James September 13, 2016 at 4:02 am - Reply

    Derric, I was also one who fell to this dangerous drug after being told by a doctor how safe it was. I am only here now because of the grace of God and some very competent doctors in the E.R. This is what gets me is they know how dangerous this drug is now and believe it or not I just watched a commercial on T.V. telling how great it was!! It made me sick just to watch this knowing how many more people will be killed or injured by them just so they can make huge profits!! My heart goes out to you for the loss of your Mom.

  3. Rod March 20, 2017 at 7:44 pm - Reply

    I can not believe they are still advertising xeralto on television. I lost my wife of 28 years in 2014 because of this drug. She was only 46 years old. Devastated families like my own absolutely hate seeing this drug still advertised on television. The manufacturer of xeralto needs to fess up and pull these misleading commercials off all networks. Television networks that air their adds for this drug should be sued along with the manufacturers. I offer my condolences to all who have lost a loved one from this terrible drug. I pray that justice will be served .

  4. Geno March 21, 2017 at 1:53 pm - Reply

    Imagine a 12 y/o boy going through a frightening experience of his mom being hospitalized for difficulty breathing. Gasping for every ounce of air she can grab. The doctor says “Your mom may have blood clots in her lungs, I’m almost positive she does”. “She’s going to get well because there is a great medicine to fix her called Xarelto. Don’t pay attention to the bad commercials on T.V., trust me I’m a doctor who knows better”!

    Mom gets discharged to a Skilled nursing facility for 3 weeks rehabilitation, comes home appearing to be much better! 2 days later, she’s grasping for air again. Son goes to school worried. Dad picks son up from school. Son goes in house first to greet mom, appears she’s sleeping but son can’t wake her up. Runs outside to dad who comes in and immediately knows MOM IS GONE.

    Son didn’t even have a chance to say “I love you mommy”.

    Swallow that one Bayer!

  5. Cathey June 23, 2017 at 9:40 am - Reply

    I was working around my house when I noticed my foot was black and cold I went to my family dr. Who sent me straight to the hospital for ultra sound which showed I had a blood clot in my leg they did emergency surgery and while I was in the hospital I had a stroke. (Which scared my daughter who was so afraid that she couldn’t get to me because of a bad snow we had) I couldn’t talk plain at all and after a span of hospital stay I had to go to rehab for 2 weeks to try and learn how to talk and walk again my daughter was in college and she had to come see me every day. Which I know was very hard on her. Then when I finally got to come home my daughter and I was so happy and relieved but about a week or so after I got home (I was still on xarelto) I woke up one morning and when I started to get out of bed I found that I could not stand and I went straight to the floor. No one know what it feels like when you can’t feel your legs and can not stan up. I was trying to hold on to the head of my bed and pull my self up out of the floor but I couldn’t Thank God my brother was here he had to run to my bed room and pick me up out of the floor and yes i had had another stroke. My dr. Then took me off of xaralto. He then made the comment that he would have to find another blood thinner for me (Which has still not ) but I still studder alot when I talk I have slot of weakness in my hand and legs and my daughter has to help me and do most of what I should be doing. If this big drug company family ever had to go thru something like this with a loved one I bet they would take it off the market. I just wonder sometime if they use xarelto or let their family take this drug. GOD forgive them for putting this in the market . They put money before a human life I hope they loose this case and everyone effected by it wins BIG time because we deserve it

  6. Christine June 27, 2017 at 11:57 am - Reply

    Zarelto is a killer and the makers of this medication make billions. I started bleeding and went into ER they took me off it and kept me a few days then my hematologist told me “it’s just a bloodthinner” she put me back on it and told me I needed to see my gynecologist to get an ablation. I started bleeding from both ends at that point became anemic and as soon as I got a lawyer she left town. Sent me a letter that she could no longet treat me because I owed $30. which I have receipts to prove I paid her. The thing is they never checked me for any kind of vascualar compression issues. They just write prescriptions for this drug that is the deadliest ive ever witnessed. Billions of dollars a year..they have offshore accounts and they pay the FDA to approve it and nevermind the people who die, suffer etc…somethings got to give! Obama wad the highest paid off president from these pharmaceuticals to date…I read somewhere that the testing/trials were manipulated to pass the FDA and everyone knows about it.

  7. J August 31, 2017 at 1:42 pm - Reply

    When the last thing you see your mother do is throw up blood and taking her off life support when she was normally a healthy person is something that should never have happened is criminal.hope you sleep good at night and choke on your profits.I dont have my mother anymore.

  8. innocent September 23, 2017 at 11:35 am - Reply

    they spend millions advertising to the general unsuspecting public, wining and dining doctors, and then they hide behind the learned intermediary doctrine. there’s a reason why we are one of only two countries which allows pharmaceutical advertising.

  9. Brian September 27, 2017 at 6:20 pm - Reply

    My mother bled out of both ends, had a stroke and was dead after 70 days. The night of her stroke the attending ER Neurologist said he saw too many of these and ans gave her 90 days. J and J was paying Docs to prescribe this crap. Now they want to throw them out due to Supreme Court Rulings against MDL types of out of state of residency filings. I don’t trust the entire system. I have felt there is much below the surface for a long time. How gould three cases be lost? Jury tampering, J and J is scrambling but they are actually out to kill off older Americans. No I’m not nuts but why are these law firms losing in succession?
    I refuse to take anything more med wise than necessary. Good luck and I’m glad as serious as your situation was this Govt permitted crap didn’t kill you!

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