The plaintiffs are made up of a group of special administrators for family members who have passed away allegedly because of using Xarelto. The lawsuits were filed together on November 20th of 2015 in a St. Clair, IL, County Circuit Court under number 15-L-670. Defendants named are Bayer AG and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, (a subdivision of Johnson & Johnson), among others.
Details of the complaint state that defendants have been involved in the research, design, development, and distribution of Xarelto, and have all presented the drug as a safe and effective treatment for patients undergoing knee and hip replacement surgeries. The suit says that through marketing and advertisements of the drug, it was falsely presented. Additionally, they state that the efficacy of the drug was oversold.
Negligent in releasing the drug
It is noted that defendants received a letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on June 6th of 2013 which alleged that their claims were misleading, and primarily focused on new, positive aspects of the blood thinner. Additionally, the complaint alleges that Xarelto manufacturers were negligent in releasing the drug to the market without any corresponding antidote.
Having no corresponding antidote means that when a patient with Xarelto in their system becomes injured and bleeds, physicians will be unable to clot their blood and stop that bleed. Often, in these situations, physicians have to resort to extreme, life-saving measures such as blood transfusions or surgery.
Patients who use traditional blood thinners alternatively have an available antidote in vitamin K. When these patients become injured and bleed, physicians can administer vitamin K, counteracting the effects of the drug and clotting their blood. This can be a lifesaving difference.
The lawsuit goes on to charge a total of nine defendants with strict product liability, negligence and negligent misrepresentation, fraud, and wrongful death. Plaintiffs involved are seeking a minimum of $50,000 for each deceased family member, as well as money to cover legal fees.
Attorney Joseph Osborne is working to ensure that anyone else who may have taken Xarelto and suffered adverse health effects will have the opportunity to investigate their legal options. These individuals may be entitled to compensation. Attorney Osborne is offering free legal consultations for those involved.