Xarelto lawsuits involved in MDL 2592 continue to mount, and have now surpassed 2,000 cases according to BloodThinnerHelp.com. The suits involved in the multidistrict litigation overseen by U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon all commonly allege that blood thinning drug Xarelto causes dangerous uncontrollable bleeding events. Some of the bleeds noted are internal while others are external; and some have proven fatal while others leave lasting damage.
Across the board, Xarelto appears to be considered the most dangerous blood thinner currently on the market. This has much to do with the fact that the drug was released to market by manufacturers Janssen and Bayer AG without a corresponding antidote. Plaintiffs allege that this release was dangerous, negligent and irresponsible. Generally stated, the lack of antidote means that if a patient is using Xarelto and begins to bleed, physicians will be unable to reverse the effects of the drug and stop the bleed by clotting the patient’s blood. Instead, these instances require extreme life-saving measures such as blood transfusions in an attempt to keep the patient alive.
Lack of antidote
Patients who instead use traditional blood thinners such as warfarin, have an available antidote in vitamin K. If someone who uses traditional blood thinners begins to bleed, physicians can treat them with vitamin K, counteracting the medicine’s effects and clotting their blood. This small detail can prove to be the difference between life and death.
The plaintiffs who have filed federal cases against Xarelto have had these cases consolidated to streamline the litigation process. A recent case management conference held by overseeing Judge Eldon Fallon on November 20th outlined the important criteria necessary to choose bellwether trials for the discovery pool. Of the 40 trials chosen for the pool, 4 will go on to be heard in bellwether trials which are designed to set the precedent for future cases.
As these cases begin bellwether preparation, many expect their numbers to continue to grow. Attorney Joseph Osborne is working to help ensure that persons who have experienced adverse health effects after using Xarelto will have the opportunity to explore their legal options. These individuals may be entitled to compensation. At this time, Attorney Osborne is offering free legal consultations to those affected.