Exjade Drug Lawsuit SourceExjade Side Effects: Gastrointestinal Complication Lawsuits

Commonly asked questions about the link between gastrointestinal complications and Exjade:

What is Exjade?

Exjade (deferasirox) is an oral iron chelator developed to treat chronic iron overload due to multiple long-term blood transfusions, which are necessary to treat conditions such as beta-thalassemia and other chronic anemias.

As with any treatment, there are side effects associated with Exjade. These problems are more likely to occur if the dose is too high for the level of iron overload or the rate of iron loading.

You should not use Exjade if you have severe kidney or liver disease, advanced cancer, a blood cell or bone marrow disorder or low levels of platelets in your blood. And you shouldn’t use Exjade if you’re allergic to it, or if you have:

  • Severe liver or kidney disease
  • Advanced cancer
  • Bone marrow disorder
  • Low levels of platelets in your blood

Can Exjade Cause Gastrointestinal Problems?

Exjade may cause serious — perhaps fatal — stomach/intestinal problems, including:

  • Gastrointestinal ulceration
  • Gastrointestinal hemorrhage
  • Gastrointestinal perforation

Does Exjade Increase The Risk of Developing Gastrointestinal Complications?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has widely acknowledged that Exjade carries a significant risk of gastrointestinal complications developing in consumers.

Additionally, various independent studies have been conducted with the goal of discovering the full extent of all Exjade related medical complications and the severity of their health effects.

These studies frequently have found that not only is there a significant risk increase of gastrointestinal bleeding in Exjade consumers but a risk increase of renal failure and lover necrosis as well.

Can I File An Exjade Gastrointestinal Complications Lawsuit?

Our Exjade drug lawyers can help if you or someone you care about has been harmed by this medication. Lawsuits are being investigated against the device maker by both patients and their families, seeking compensation for their pain and suffering. You may be entitled to a settlement.

We do not charge any legal fees at all to pursue a claim. We will pay all the case costs and litigation expenses. Only after you receive your settlement will you be responsible for payment. If your claim is unsuccessful for any reason, you will owe nothing. We put it all in writing for you.

How Many Exjade Gastrointestinal Complications Lawsuits Have Been Filed?

Novartis AG recently agreed to pay $390 million to settle a lawsuit in which the U.S. government claimed the Swiss company paid kickbacks to pharmacies to boost sales of some of its prescription drugs, including Exjade.

The U.S. sued Novartis over Exjade, claiming the company had referred patients to specialty pharmacies and paid kickbacks in the form of rebates to get those pharmacies to recommend the drug to patients and to increase sales.

“We are not admitting liability, we are also not denying it,” Novartis Chief Executive Officer Joe Jimenez told Bloomberg. “We are just settling it and putting it behind us.”

The U.S. Department of Justice was seeking $3.3 billion in fines and damages.

The U.S. claimed Novartis gave pharmacies rebates to recommend Exjade to patients over generic alternatives, or to keep dispensing them, Bloomberg reported.

The government reportedly said specialty pharmacies also submitted thousands of fraud-tainted reimbursement claims to Medicare and Medicaid for the two drugs.

The settlement allows Novartis to avoid a trial that was set for Nov. 2 in Manhattan federal court.

What Are Some Serious Side Effects of Exjade?

Bleeding in the stomach or intestines reportedly occurred more often in elderly patients. If you notice any of the following unlikely but serious side effects, stop taking deferasirox and consult your doctor or pharmacist right away.

  • Severe stomach/abdominal pain
  • Black/tarry/bloody stools
  • Vomit that looks like coffee grounds
  • Severe stomach/abdominal pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur.

What Are The Less Serious Side Effects Of Exjade?

RxList lists some of the less serious side effects associated with the use of Exjade, these side effects are:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach/abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Anxiety
  • Tired Feeling
  • Sleep Problems
  • Rash
  • Discolored skin
  • Headache/fever
  • Cough
  • Sinus pain
  • Runny/stuffy nose  

Our Exjade GI Complication Case Lawyers Can Help

Our dangerous drug attorneys can help if you or someone you care about was harmed by Exjade. Lawsuits have reportedly been filed against the drug manufacturer, Novartis, by both patients and their families seeking compensation for injuries caused. You may be entitled to a settlement.

We do not charge any legal fees unless you receive a settlement and we pay all of the case costs. If your claim is not successful for any reason, you do not owe us anything. We put it all in writing for you. Our lawyers will help you file your lawsuit.

Our No-Fee Promise on Exjade GI Complication Cases

You can afford to have our great team of lawyers on your side. When you choose us, it literally costs nothing to get started. We promise you in writing:

  • No money to get started
  • We pay all case costs and expenses
  • No legal fees whatsoever unless you receive a settlement
  • Phone calls are always free.

Start Your Exjade GI Complication Cases Claim

Our GI complication case lawyers will help you file your lawsuit. To get started, you can:

  1. Submit the Free Case Review Box on this page, or
  2. Call 866-280-3417 any time of day to tell us about your case.

We will listen to your story and answer your questions. If you have claim, we will start immediately.

WARNING: There are strict time deadlines for filing GI complication lawsuit claims.

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  1. Exjade Side Effects – Drugs.com
  2. What is Exjade? – Exjade Official Website
  3. Boxed Warning for Exjade – American Gastroenteroligcal Association


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