Xeljanz Lawsuits Explained
National Law Review Explains Xeljanz Lawsuits
A National Law Review article posted May 2, 2019, is aptly titled “What Is The Deal With Xeljanz Lawsuits?” Lawsuits involving dangerous drugs can be quite complex. They often include a variety of legal issues, hundreds or thousands of plaintiffs, and a multitude of courts across the country. The article simplifies the answer to the question many people are asking; what is the deal with Xeljanz lawsuits? Why are there so many commercials and news stories about Xeljanz and Xeljanz lawsuits? Let’s take a closer look.
What is Xeljanz?
Xeljanz is a medication made by Pfizer, a large, well-known pharmaceutical company. The active drug in Xeljanz, called Tofacitinib, is used to treat arthritis. It is supposed to work by suppressing enzymes known to cause the inflammation that results in painful symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic, and even ulcerative colitis.
By Taking Xeljanz, You Are Exposed to Some Risks
Like many drugs, Xeljanz has potential side effects. All you need to do is read the label or do a google search to find out what some of the risks are. Headache, diarrhea, skin sores, upper respiratory tract infections are some of the potential complications from taking Xeljanz. Because the drug works in part by suppressing your immune system, it exposes patients to the risk of infections in general, including fatal ones.
However, as the law review article states, “one of the side effects not specifically warned about is blood clots.” This fact is at the heart of the controversy and legal actions surrounding Xeljanz. The lawsuits allege that Pfizer knew the drug was dangerous and failed to warn the public. Recently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new safety warning regarding Xeljanz in specific doses, and that it can increase the risk of pulmonary blood clots and death.
Who Can File A Xeljanz Lawsuit?
Does this mean that everyone who has taken Xeljanz can file a lawsuit against Pfizer? Not necessarily. Based on the early stages of current litigation, you generally need to show that:
- You were being treated with Xeljanz or Xeljanz XR
- You were taking 10 mg of Xeljanz or Xeljanz XR twice daily
- You had a Pulmonary embolism (PE), Pulmonary thrombosis (PT), Deep vein thrombosis (DVT), stroke, or similar blood clot injury.
Ask a Xeljanz Attorney
You might want to speak to a Xeljanz attorney who can help you find out if you qualify for a lawsuit. A Xeljanz lawyer can help you retrieve your medical records and investigate any side-effects you have experienced. Once your lawyer finds the facts, you can make an informed decision as to whether you want to proceed with the pursuit of a Xeljanz claim.
How Much Time Do You Have?
All states have statutes of limitations that determine how much time you have to file a claim in dangerous drug cases. Don’t wait to find out if you qualify for a Xeljanz lawsuit. If you receive Xeljanz for the treatment of your arthritis, find out now if you can collect damages from Pfizer.
Contact Alonso Krangle, LLP to find out if you qualify for a Xeljanz lawsuit. You can reach our lawyers with experience handling dangerous drug lawsuits at 800-403-6191.