At the end of April, the first of the Xarelto bellwether trials began with a plaintiff from Lockport, LA alleging that the drug caused him serious harm.
The First Plaintiff
This plaintiff is a 74-year-old man who began taking Xarelto in 2014 after his doctor recommended the blood thinner. He claims that in less than 30 days, the drug caused serious internal bleeding in his GI tract which resulted in his hospitalization, numerous blood transfusions, and other medical treatments.
In regards to the defendants, Bayer AG and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, the plaintiff testified that they were negligent for providing the medical community and patients with inadequate warnings about certain issues with the drug and its potential side effects.
What Are The Xarelto Side Effects?
Since the drug was first released into the market, thousands of patients have been hospitalized with:
- brain bleeds
- spinal bleeding
- GI bleeds
- pulmonary embolism
- liver dysfunction
The patients afflicted with these conditions frequently find their lives completely disrupted, their health at risk, and medical bills piling up. In the worst cases, the patient doesn’t survive.
What makes these side effects even more dangerous is the fact that the FDA has yet to approve an antidote for Xarelto, which means that once bleeding starts in any part of the body, doctors have no way of reverse the drug’s impact on the body. This is unlike older blood thinners, such as Warfarin, which have an antidote. In order to stop excessive bleeding, doctors must resort to treatments such as blood transfusions in order to save their patients lives. As if this wasn’t bad enough, when a patient stops taking Xarelto too quickly, they are at risk for developing life-threatening blood clots.
Has There Been A Recall?
No. At this time the FDA has not recalled Xarelto. However, the administration has
The Xarelto Lawsuits
Nearly 20,000 lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturers of the drug, alleging that each patient would never have been harmed if the company had informed their doctors of the dangers. Each plaintiff is hoping to obtain compensation for their physical, emotional, and monetary losses.
The Manufacturers Response To The Pending Litigation
According to Bayer Inc and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, the allegations are incorrect and they will fight the complaints in court. Recently, they requested that the court allow them to review documents regarding the thousands of plaintiffs funding sources to determine if a third-party is pushing the issue and assisting plaintiffs by covering their upfront costs.
New Complaints Continue To Be Filed
Even though the first bellwether trial is underway, this doesn’t prevent new claims from being filed and thousands more are expected as time goes on.
How Much Are These Cases Worth?
The amount of money awarded for a case will differ from client to client because no two clients have suffered the exact same losses. In some cases, a client may recover payments for their medical bills and physical pain and suffering, while other may also obtain a sum for their emotional trauma.
Who Files If The Patient Died?
In cases where doctors are unable to save their patient, the surviving loved ones of the deceased are typically eligible to file a wrongful death claim. In addition to any medical bills, physical trauma, and emotional turmoil the patient experienced before they passed, the plaintiffs may be able to recover:
- loss of inheritance
- loss of consortium
- loss of earnings
- funeral and burial expenses
In most cases, the parents, children, and spouses of the deceased are eligible to pursue legal action. If another family member lived with and was dependent on the deceased, they too may be able to file.