In previous months, lawsuits against the Johnson & Johnson and Bayer AG’s popular blood thinner, Xarelto, have continued to rise dramatically. In response to the increasing number of plaintiffs bringing cases alleging injuries as the result of being prescribed and taking Xarelto, several bellwether trials have been scheduled to take place in the United States within the next year and a half to two years.
What is a Bellwether Trial?
Bellwether trials are intended to reduce redundancies and inconsistencies when there are several similar or nearly identical lawsuits against the same defendant or defendants. Instead of each case being tried individually, one or a few of the tens or hundreds of cases are selected as representative of the majority of the cases. These lawsuits are then tried in lieu of all of the cases with the hope that they will set a precedent for the remaining cases. Bellwether trials reduce the need for courts to designate significant resources for one type of lawsuit, and it also reduces the risk that different courts will find different verdicts in very similar or even nearly identical cases. In the pending Xarelto litigation, four bellwether trials have been scheduled already across the U.S. The first two bellwether trials have been set for February and March of 2017 in the Federal Court of the Eastern District of Louisiana. A third bellwether trial is scheduled for April of 2017 in Mississippi, and the fourth has been set for May of the same year in Texas.
Summary of Xarelto Litigation Allegations
The anticoagulant Xarelto has been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration, but the FDA has followed up the approval with a warning regarding the risk of Xarelto patients bleeding out due to the lack of an antidote that has met all the requirements to be approved by the FDA. Fortunately, Portola Pharmaceuticals is in the process of undergoing testing for its promising drug Andexanet alfa which has shown positive results in offsetting the effects of Xarelto. Until this antidote is FDA-approved, Xarelto patients run the risk of bleeding out before the drug wears off naturally. Xarelto has also been linked to intestinal bleeding and eye hemorrhaging. As a result of these negative and potentially even fatal side effects, hundreds of lawsuits have been filed against Xarelto’s manufacturers. The lawsuits allege that the plaintiff suffered an injury as the result of taking Xarelto and that the manufacturers knew or should have known about the health risks associated with their drug but that they failed to warn the doctors and patients.
Our Xarelto Lawyers Can Help You
Our dangerous drug attorneys can help if you or someone you care about was harmed as a result of taking Xarelto. Lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturers by both patients and their families seeking compensation for injuries. You may be entitled to a settlement if you were harmed by Xarelto. 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 in all in writing for you. Our Xarelto lawyers will help you file your lawsuit.
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