As of September 1, 2015, the Xarelto mass tort litigation has grown exponentially as pretrial discovery and selection of bellwether trials is well under way. In August alone, there were an additional 400 filings in the federal MDL for Xarelto. For more information on what the MDL is, you can read our post on that.
Common Traits Of These Lawsuits
These 400 lawsuits all contain similar allegations to the other 800 or so lawsuits currently pending against Bayer AG and Janssen (a Johnson&Johnson division). These lawsuits have spiked in light of studies that suggest that Xarelto increases the risk of an adverse event in patients who take the blood thinner as a treatment to prevent blood clots associated with atrial fibrillation, a common heart condition.
How Xarelto Works?
The drug was first approved by the FDA as part of a new class of blood thinners, known as Xa inhibitors, which block the bodily chemical which enables clotting. This prevention of blood clots however has come at a cost for many individuals who took Xarelto. The lawsuits allege that due to the blood thinner, serious internal bleeding could not be stopped and resulted in hospitalizations, serious injuries and even death in some patients.
Like all Xa inhibitors, Xarelto cannot be reversed when in a patients system, and requires live saving measures such as blood transfusions to dilute the drug in the patients system so that thrombin, the chemical that causes clotting, can be produced and stem bleeding.
What Will Happen Next In Xarelto Lawsuits?
We have been updating our clients on the progress of the litigation recently, and the news update is that selection of bellwether trials is still underway so that the first trials can be held to determine how these cases may resolve in the long term. As of September 1, 2015, there were a total of 1,231 lawsuits consolidated before the MDL court in Louisiana and Judge Fallon.
If you are thinking about filing a lawsuit, it is important to contact us as soon as possible. The statute of limitations is different in each state and may bar a claim depending on the circumstances. We have been fielding many calls from families around the country who are interested in knowing what their rights are.
Currently, our Xarelto attorneys are working hard on ensuring client fact sheets are complete, and are assisting the national effort in determining specific requests for facts from the defendants in the lawsuit.