How to Recover Full Compensation For a Xeljanz-Related Thromboembolic Injury or Fatal Lung Clot Lawsuit
The national plaintiffs’ personal injury law firm of Parker Waichman LLP is investigating potential personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits against Pfizer, the maker of Xeljanz, following a new Adverse Reporting System Safety Communication that was published by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. On February 25, 2019, the FDA issued a new consumer alert concerning the Janus kinase inhibitor (“JAK Inhibitor”) Xeljanz. The FDA’s consumer alert stated that a recent clinical trial, “found an increased risk of blood clots in the lungs and death when a 10 mg twice daily dose of tofacitinib (Xeljanz, Xeljanz XR) was used in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA).” The Safety Communication also reported that the FDA had not approved 10 mg of Xeljanz twice a day for patients with rheumatoid arthritis.
Through our firm’s research and careful review of the FDA’s consumer alerts concerning Xeljanz, our attorneys have discovered that the number of reported incidents regarding Xeljanz complications are on the rise. This increasing numbers of reported incidents suggests that the issues with this class of medication may be vast because our office deals with the Xeljanz Thromboembolic Injury and Fatal Lung Clot Lawsuit.
New Black Box Warning Approved by FDA Shows Xeljanz and Xeljanz XR Poses a Risk of Blood Clots and Death to Patients
Many patients suffering from ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, or psoriatic arthritis take Xeljanz or Xeljanz XR to treat their conditions. While some patients may not experience any problems, there are serious and potentially fatal risks that have recently come to light in an ongoing post market study.
Xeljanz and Xeljanz XR are classified as disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) and are considered Janus Kinase Inhibitors (JAKs). The dosing for Xeljanz and Xeljanz XR is dependent on the type of condition the drugs are used to treat. As such, one dose may be safe to treat one condition, but that same dose may not be safe to treat another condition.
Ongoing Post market Drug Trial Raises Concerns About the Risk of Blood Clots and Death
Postmarked drug trials are often conducted to explore risks associated with a new use of a drug that is already on the market. Early results from an ongoing postmarked trial show that using Xeljanz and Xeljanz XR can be extremely dangerous in patients with rheumatoid arthritis when patients are given a dose of 10mg twice daily. The drug trial revealed that patients taking the 10mg twice daily dosage were at a greater risk of suffering from blood clots or death as compared to patients taking a 5mg twice daily dosage or other drugs to treat rheumatoid arthritis.
The Black Box Warning – What Healthcare Providers and Patients Must Know
Following the alarming results of the Xeljanz and Xeljanz XR post market study, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) required the manufacturer of the drugs to add new language to a “black box” warning identified on the drug label, which appears at the beginning of the label. Black box warnings are only required when a drug has the potential to cause serious injuries or death.
The FDA recently approved a new black box warning that contains the information discovered in the ongoing post market study – that patients with rheumatoid arthritis who take a 10mg twice daily dosage are at a greater risk of suffering blood clots or death. The black box warning is intended for healthcare providers and patients. Knowing such important information helps healthcare providers plan the most appropriate care for their patients.
The newly approved black box warning includes the following additional language:
- “MORTALITY – Rheumatoid arthritis patients 50 years of age and older with at least one cardiovascular (CV) risk factor treated with Xeljanz 10mg twice a day had a higher rate of all-cause mortality, including sudden CV death, compared to those treated with Xeljanz 5mg given twice daily or TNF blockers.”
- “THROMBOSIS – Thrombosis, including pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis, and arterial thrombosis, has been observed at an increased incidence in rheumatoid arthritis patients who were 50 years of age or older with at least one CV risk factor treated with Xeljanz 10mg twice a day compared to Xeljanz 5 mg twice daily or TNF blockers.”
- “For patients with ulcerative colitis, use Xeljanz at the lowest effective dose and for the shortest duration needed to achieve/maintain therapeutic response.”
The FDA recommends that patients who are at high risk for suffering thrombosis (blood clots) do not take Xeljanz or Xeljanz XR. Additionally, because there are many dangerous risks associated with taking Xeljanz and Xeljanz XR (in addition to the recently discovered risks of blood clots and death), the FDA recommends that the drugs be used in very limited circumstances, and for the shortest amount of time possible, regardless of what condition is being treated.
Xeljanz May Lead To Serious – Even Deadly – Consequences
Update – 09/03/2019 – The drug Xeljanz, a popular choice for individuals suffering from psoriatic and rheumatoid arthritis as well as ulcerative colitis, now sports a new label from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The new label warns consumers that Xeljanz may increase a person’s risk for developing blood clots. This is a potentially dangerous situation wherein a person’s blood flow to certain parts of the body are interrupted, reduced, or stopped altogether. Blood clots that form in or travel to the heart, brain, or lungs can all be potentially deadly.
Delayed Notification of Dangers Puts Patients at Risk
Although Xeljanz is being prescribed to patients presently and has been used by doctors for years, the drug’s dangerous propensities are only now coming to light. It is unclear why this is so. Some have pointed the finger at the FDA, claiming that the agency’s process for approving new drugs is inadequate and ineffective for uncovering the hidden dangers that drugs like Xeljanz may possess. In the case of Xeljanz, the drug did proceed successfully through the FDA’s approval process without the FDA or the drug’s manufacturer Pfizer raising alarm about the potential for blood clots.
Will Pfizer Be Held to Account for Injuries Related to Xeljanz?
The FDA is now requiring Xeljanz to bear a warning label about the risk of deadly blood clots, but patients who have been on Xeljanz for months or years may already have had health complications due to the medication. Lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies and the accompanying settlements or judgments for marketing dangerous drugs, whose dangers should have been known, can be seen by some large companies as simply a cost of doing business. Reviewing the FDA’s drug approval process and making the requirements for securing approval more stringent may help reduce the incidence of blood clots and other dangerous side effects from drugs like Xeljanz, as can patients taking a more active role in their own healthcare by asking their doctors about new drugs their doctors are prescribing and asking for alternative medications where a drug has not been on the market for long.
Monetary Compensation for Xeljanz Complications
If you or a member of your family suffered complications such as a thromboembolic event, blood clots in the lung, embolisms or if you lost a loved one as a result of their use of Xeljanz, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit seeking substantial monetary damages.
Call Parker Waichman LLP for your free case review by using our Live Chat or by calling 1-800-YOUR-LAWYER (1-800-968-7529). The time that you have to file your claim is limited by law. Call our Xeljanz lawsuit lawyers right now to learn more about your legal rights and how the claims process works.
What is Xeljanz and Why is the Medication Prescribed?
Xeljanz (tofacitinib) is a prescription medication that is classified as a JAK inhibitor. Xeljanz comes in a pill form and is prescribed to treat patients suffering from the symptoms of psoriatic arthritis, ulcerative colitis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Xeljanz works by hindering overactive Janus kinase proteins within the patient’s body which reduces symptoms such as inflammation and pain.
Who is the Manufacturer of Xeljanz?
The pharmaceutical manufacturer Pfizer manufactures and sells Xeljanz and Xeljanz XR. Pfizer is a publicly traded company with its headquarters located in New York City. Pfizer is one of the largest pharmaceutical manufacturers in the world.
According to Investors.com, global sales of Xeljanz grew by 30% to $326 million in 2018. Xeljanz sales in the United States increased by 19% in 2018.
What Injuries and Complications Have Been Linked to Xeljanz?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Adverse Event Reporting System has numerous reports of thromboembolic injuries linked to patients prescribed Xeljanz and Xeljanz XR. The following are a list of Xeljanz-related injuries, thromboembolic injury events, and fatalities that have been reported by the FDA’s Adverse Event Reporting System.
- Thrombosis – 43 cases (associated with Xeljanz) resulting in 19 hospitalizations in which 2 deaths are suspected.
- Pulmonary thrombosis – 18 cases (linked to Xeljanz) resulting in 16 hospitalizations.
- Pulmonary embolisms – 36 cases (connected to Xeljanz) resulting in 25 hospitalizations of which 4 deaths are suspected.
- Deep vein thrombosis – 18 cases (related to Xeljanz) resulting in 11 hospitalizations of which 3 deaths are suspected.
Dangerous Symptoms & Side Effects – Seek Immediate Medical Attention!
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning healthcare providers and their patients of the dangerous and potentially deadly reactions to Xeljanz (tofacitinib). The FDA is urging patients who are experiencing the following symptoms of a blood clot in their lung(s) to seek immediate emergency medical attention:
- Back pain
- Coughing up blood
- Pain in the chest
- Bluish-colored, clammy skin
- Sudden difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Excessive sweating
If you or a loved one are taking Xeljanz (tofacitinib), it is imperative that you speak with your doctor about these potential risks and dangerous side effects. If you or a loved one is suffering from any of these dangerous symptoms, please seek immediate medical attention and advise the physician of the medications you or your loved one is taking along with the potential injuries and complications listed above. If you or your loved one is experiencing any other side effects not provided by the FDA consumer alert, it is advisable that you discuss this with your doctor as soon as possible.
If you or a loved one has experienced any of these dangerous side effects, injuries or if you have lost a loved one due to a Xeljanz-related blog clot or thromboembolic event, you may have the right to pursue monetary damages and receive the legal justice you deserve.
Do I Have Grounds to File a Xeljanz Lawsuit?
Law firms, such as Parker Waichman LLP, are currently investigating claims for potential prosecution of claims resulting from injuries caused by Xeljanz. As of February 26, 2019, there have not been any lawsuits filed against Pfizer for pulmonary embolisms, blood clotting, thromboembolic events or fatalities linked to Xeljanz.
Our national plaintiffs’ personal injury law firm is at the forefront of products liability litigation. Our firm believes that the consumer alerts provided by the U. S. Food and Drug Administration warrant further investigation into potential lawsuits on behalf of injury victims who have been harmed by Xeljanz.
How Much is My Xeljanz Claim Worth?
Each case is different because every Xeljanz claim involves a unique set of circumstances, injuries, and compensatory damages. Also, the knowledge and experience of the law firm representing the victim or the victim’s family may have an impact on your final recovery, if any. At Parker Waichman LLP, our attorneys are litigators. Each case handled by our firm is treated individually and with personalized attention and care. Our defective drug litigation team will fight for your legal rights and work hard to win your case for the full amount of monetary compensation possible. If we can take your case, there is no fee unless we make a financial recovery for you.
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The Xeljanz Injury / Wrongful Death Claims Process
At Parker Waichman LLP, our defective drug attorneys understand how you may feel about filing a product liability lawsuit against a large pharmaceutical corporation such as Pfizer. Our national law firm has decades of experience going up against big corporations to make them pay for their wrongdoings.
The process of pursuing justice for you or your loved one’s Xeljanz suffering starts with one short phone call to our office. During your call to our firm, you will speak with a compassionate, caring and knowledgeable attorney who will review your case, answer your questions and help you understand your legal options. After that, if we can take your case and you choose to retain us, your dedicated attorney will review your case to determine your legal rights and options in filing a Xeljanz lawsuit.
The basic process from intake to filing will include all of the following:
With Parker Waichman LLP working your Xeljanz case, you can rest assured knowing that your case is being managed by qualified and experienced legal professionals who care deeply about their clients. Each member of the Parker Waichman LLP team takes pride in our work and work hard to keep you well informed during the pendency of your case. We strive to keep each client knowledgeable and comfortable with the progress of their claim. At our law firm, you are not a file number; you are a person with real loss, pain and suffering.
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- We Get Results! Our attorneys will fight hard for you to get you the financial compensation that you deserve. In fact, Parker Waichman LLP is one of only a few law firms in the United States to have recovered over two billion dollars in lawsuit settlements and jury verdicts for personal injury victims.
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Parker Waichman LLP is Reviewing Xeljanz Injury and Fatal Complication Cases
Parker Waichman LLP is reviewing cases involving Xeljanz-related injuries on behalf of victims and their families. When you contact us to speak with one of our defective drug injury lawyers, you will receive a thorough and completely confidential case evaluation at no cost to you.
Filing a Defective Drug Injury Claim Against the Makers of Xeljanz
Time to recover compensation is limited by law. Parker Waichman LLP is a nationally recognized drug litigation law firm who represents patients harmed by dangerous, defective medications. Parker Waichman LLP has recovered over $2 billion in compensation for its clients, and we will fight hard for you. Our team of products liability litigators has the experience to take on the big pharmaceutical companies on your behalf.
If Xeljanz has harmed you or a member of your family, and you are interested in filing a lawsuit to recover monetary compensation, contact Parker Waichman LLP by calling 1-800-YOUR-LAWYER (1-800-968-7529) for your free case review today.
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