Xarelto Makers Face First Courtroom Loss
A Philadelphia jury ordered Johnson & Johnson and Bayer AG to pay nearly $28 million in damages to a woman over claims that Xarelto caused her to suffer gastrointestinal bleeding. The plaintiff, Lynn Hartman, took Xarelto for more than a year and was hospitalized in 2014.
The jury found J&J and Bayer responsible for Hartman’s injuries. The companies, which jointly developed the drug, were ordered to pay $1.8 million in actual damages and $26 million in punitive damages.
This is the first time the companies have lost a Xarelto lawsuit. In the first three suits that went to trial, juries found the drug to be safe. They also found that J&J and Bayer had given proper warning on the bleeding risks of the drug.
20,000 Lawsuits Still Pending
There are more than 20,000 pending lawsuits against the companies over Xarelto. The drug-thinning drug has been linked to 370 deaths, according to the FDA. The drug is Bayer’s top-selling product and J&J’s third-best seller.
“This win is a victory for consumer rights. These pharmaceutical companies have a duty to give patients and doctors accurate warnings on the risks of their products,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.
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