Xarelto® Litigation Update: Mass Tort Created in Philadelphia State Court
On January 21, Administrative Judge Kevin Dougherty of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas issued an Order transferring Xarelto cases currently on file in Philadelphia state court to the court’s mass tort docket for coordination. The cases will be transferred to the court’s Complex Litigation Center for further management.
Plaintiffs allege that Xarelto® was introduced in the United States market on July 1, 2011 and is part of a class of drugs called New Oral Anticoagulants (NOACs). This class of NOACs, which also includes Pradaxa® and Eliquis®, has been marketed as the next generation of blood-thinning drugs designed to replace warfarin – which has been on the United States market for more than 50 years. Xarelto® has been widely prescribed to prevent pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis, as well as strokes in patients suffering from atrial fibrillation. However, Xarelto® carries a significant risk of severe, and sometimes even fatal, internal bleeding – and there is no reversal agent available if serious bleeding occurs with Xarelto® use. In addition, Xarelto® has been marketed as a single daily dose pill that does not require the need to measure the blood plasma levels, and thus touted as the more convenient option to warfarin (which does require testing and monitoring).
The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) reports that for 2013 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) received 680 serious adverse event reports from individuals who alleged to have suffered adverse events while taking the anticoagulant drug Xarelto® (rivaroxaban), while only 528 serious adverse events were received for Pradaxa® (dabigatran). The FDA’s Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS) remains the cornerstone of postmarket safety surveillance, the mechanism through which most significant drug risks are detected once a drug has been approved and is available on the market.
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