You may be entitled to a fair settlement in your Xarelto, Pradaxa or Eliquis case after internal bleeding caused by these defective blood-thinning drugs. In fact, several bellweather Xarelto cases go to trial in the first half of 2017.
Such blood thinners, or anticoagulants, are known to cause internal bleeding and other side effects when taken to reduce risk of blood clots. But these drugs are known to cause severe side effects such as internal bleeding, and those injuries have led to blood-thinner lawsuits.
Bellweather trials occur when both sides in litigation choose to test their arguments to help cases overall to proceed.
With Xarelto, a federal judge picked four Xarelto cases for bellweather trials between February and May of this year.
Such cases were chosen from a pool of Xarelto bleeding lawsuits against makers Bayer Healthcare and Janssen Pharmaceuticals. That pool was formed when all Xarelto cases were gathered in one multidistrict litigation (MDL) in federal court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.
There, two Xarelto bellweather trials are being conducted. Another was set for Mississippi federal court in late April, and a fourth was set for federal court in Texas on May 30.
If plaintiffs prevail, that would bode well for other victims of internal bleeding caused by defective anticoagulant Xarelto, as well as those suffering similar injuries from comparable blood-thinning drugs Pradaxa and Eliquis.
To be sure, victory in Xarelto bellweather trials won’t necessarily mean victory in other cases. But it would have a strong bearing on similar lawsuits — and could prompt the manufacturers to settle out of court with other plaintiffs.
Xarelto internal bleeding can occur promptly after using the defective drug, which is taken orally, once or twice daily, as a 10mg tablet.Besides internal bleeding, Xarelto side effects can include uncontrolled bleeding, abnormal liver functions, reduced platelet levels, bleeding in the abdomen and brain hemorrhages.
Internal bleeding is a catastrophic Xarelto injury, since a victim can bleed to death without visible signs. If blood gathers near the lungs, kidneys, brain or other vital organs, blood flow to those organs can be restricted or cut off, making them non-functional.
Xarelto treatments involve flushing out the defective drug from the body via repeated blood transfusions. Without such treatments, patients will die. Dialysis will not achieve the desired result, and Xarelto has no known antidote.
Side effects also are severe for Pradaxa, another anticoagulant which, like Xarelto, was introduced as an alternative to longtime and reliable blood thinner warfarin, whose users had to adjust lifestyles and diets and get regular checkups.
Made by Germany’s Boehringer Ingelheim, Pradaxa, like Xarelto, was considered safer and more convenient than warfarin, which can cause a brain hemorrhage. Yet in its initial year on the market, Pradaxa led all drugs with 542 deaths reported to the Food and Drug Administration, often because of uncontrolled and irreversible bleeding.
That hasn’t stopped the maker of Pradaxa from reaping as much as $1 billion in annual sales, and Xarelto from having as much as $1.3 billion in sales for one year.
Overall, Americans spend around $10 billion annually on blood thinners, which can be quite expensive. Xarelto prescriptions alone cost about $3,000 per year.
Also known to cause internal bleeding is another blood thinner called Eliquis.
Made by Pfizer Inc. and Bristol-Myers Squibb of New York, anticoagulant Eliquis often is prescribed for persons suffering from Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), Pulmonary Embolism (PE) or Atrial Fibrillation (AFib), as well as those who have had hip or knee replacement surgery.
But just as with comparable drugs Xarelto and Pradaxa, Eliquis can cause severe side effects such as uncontrolled bleeding and internal bleeding.
Victims deserve justice.
Victims can get a xarelto lawsuit in their behalf to claim payments for their injury losses due to defective blood thinners Xarelto, Pradaxa or Eliquis.
Contact a defective drug lawyer today with Jim Adler & Associates and get a free legal review for your case. Your family could be entitled to substantial payments in the form of a blood-thinning drug settlement for internal bleeding or other side effects injuries.