May 19th, 2017|
Eliquis® (apixaban) is the latest of the new-age blood thinners to have lawsuits against its manufacturers (Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pfizer) consolidated into a multi-district litigation (MDL). On February 7, 2017, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation agreed to centralize the Eliquis® lawsuits before Judge Denise Cote in the Southern District of New York. This consolidation will allow claims filed against the manufacturers of Eliquis® to move more quickly and efficiently.
INJURIES RESULTING FROM ELIQUIS® USE
Eliquis® was approved by the FDA in 2012. Much like the blood thinners Pradaxa and Xarelto, Eliquis® is prescribed to treat and prevent atrial fibrillation, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), and pulmonary embolism (PE). However, unlike older anticoagulants such as Coumadin/Warfarin, these new-age blood thinners, including Eliquis®, have no antidote to reverse their effects for a patient experiencing a severe bleeding event or needing emergency surgery. As a result, patients prescribed Eliquis® are at an increased risk for severe adverse bleeding events including:
- Irreversible Fatal Bleeding Events
- Gastrointestinal (GI) Bleeds
- Rectal Bleeding
- Brain Bleeds
- Intracranial Hemorrhages
- Hemorrhagic Strokes
LAWSUITS BEING FILED AGAINST ELIQUIS® MANUFACTURERS
Now, victims of these severe adverse bleeding events are fighting back. Claims against Eliquis® manufactures include failure to warn patients and prescribing physicians of the increased risks of bleeding as well as allegations that Eliquis® manufacturers fraudulently promoted the drug as at least as safe and effective as older anticoagulants while concealing unfavorable study results from the FDA, public, and health community.
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