PHILADELPHIA — Bayer will be collaborating with researchers on a study to assess how Xarelto reacts with recent stroke patients. At the same time, Bayer is moving to dismiss over a dozen cases that have been filed against it in Philadelphia. The cases allege that the plaintiffs suffered severe negative side effects from using Xarelto and that the manufacturer failed to warn doctors and patients about the serious health risks that have been associated with the drug.

Prescribed as a blood thinner, Xarelto has been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration since 2011. However, it still does not have an FDA-approved antidote unlike many other anti-coagulants. Portola Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is in the process of testing a possible antidote, andexanet alfa, but, until it is proven to work and approved by the FDA, any patients who experience severe internal bleeding while taking Xarelto will unfortunately have to wait for Xarelto to wear off instead of receiving medical attention. In this way, Xarelto differs from other popular blood thinners, such as Coumadin, which have a readily available coagulant in the event of this potentially fatal side effect. In addition to internal bleeding, Xarelto has also been linked to other serious health risks such as strokes, deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism.

In their motion to dismiss, Bayer asserts that the venue is improper because the development, marketing or research of Xarelto were not related to the state where the lawsuits were filed. They also assert that having the cases tried in New Jersey where their headquarters is located would not be prejudicial. Even though Bayer’s drugs, including Xarelto, are sold in every single state, this alone may not enough to constitute the requisite minimum contacts to make it possible to bring the lawsuit in any state. However, this may be a huge problem for plaintiffs, many of whom suffered injuries in the state where they are bringing the lawsuit and have all of their witnesses in that state as well. Trying the cases in different states besides where the plaintiff and the witnesses are located could become very expensive. Defendants assert that their witnesses are mostly located in New Jersey, so they would also have an expensive time litigating in other jurisdictions.

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