Xarelto Multidistrict Litigation (MDL)
On December 12, 2014, lawsuits against Xarelto—a blood thinner produced by Bayer and marketed by Johnson & Johnson—were officially centralized in a multidistrict litigation (MDL). The Xarelto MDL (In re: Xarelto (Rivaroxaban) Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2592) was formed in the U.S District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana to consolidate discovery and review facts common to all Xarelto cases. Plaintiffs claim that the Xarelto drug makers didn’t provide adequate warnings about potential bleeding side effects, and failed to provide sufficient information about the lack of a reversal agent to control bleeding.
What Does the MDL Mean for Xarelto Users?
An MDL is formed to centralize similar claims against a party, in this case Xarelto’s manufacturer and marketer. The process can occur when multiple lawsuits have common questions of law and fact related to injuries allegedly caused by prescription drugs or medical devices. Several cases that exemplify the majority of the claims, known as “bellwether cases,” are often prepared and tried to give all parties an idea of what is likely to happen in similar lawsuits and advance future trials in a timely manner.
Another blood thinner, Pradaxa, recently settled lawsuits that were centralized in an MDL for $650 million. An MDL could expedite lawsuits claiming similar injuries related to Xarelto use.
What Do the Lawsuits Claim?
Xarelto lawsuits claim that Xarelto users suffered from uncontrolled bleeding and that Xarelto lacks a reversal agent to control bleeding.
What is A Reversal Agent?
A reversal agent (antidote, neutralizing drug) is used to reverse possible side effects of using blood thinning drugs, including internal or uncontrolled bleeding. Xarelto, unlike other blood thinners that have been used for years, lacks a reversal agent.
What Can I Do?
If you’ve taken Xarelto and experienced uncontrolled bleeding or similar side effects such as gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding, pulmonary embolism or deep vein thrombosis (DVT), you may have grounds to file a lawsuit. For information about whether you may have a case, contact the attorneys at Hissey Kientz, LLP by filling out the contact form on this page.