Another lawsuit due to medical injuries caused by the blood thinner medication Xarelto was filed in April of 2018 in Philadelphia resulting in a $28 million settlement.
Although the verdict was overturned, multiple lawsuits have since been filed and are set to be heard in the federal court of Louisiana against the pharmaceutical company Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Bayer Corp. (an extension of parent company Johnson & Johnson). Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Bayer Corp are the developers of Xarelto which has been found to cause severe side effects.
These side effects include (but are not limited to) brain bleeding, pulmonary embolism, internal bleeding, gastrointestinal bleeding, and death. These lawsuits follow other recent settlements in regards to other blood thinner medications like Pradaxa and the anti-inflammatory medication Vioxx. Studies have tied Pradaxa to over 500 deaths as a result of using the medication, which lead to a $650 million settlement in 2014. The lawsuits concerning Xarelto in Louisiana are to be heard by U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon in the Eastern District. Judge Fallon also officiated over lawsuits filed against pharmaceutical company Merck and Co. developers of the medication Vioxx. The Vioxx lawsuits concluded with a $4.85 billion dollar settlement in 2007.