The first member of a new class of drugs, called Xeljanz (tofacitinib), was approved to treat rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and ulcerative colitis. However, a recent clinical trial has concluded that a side effect of the drug may increase the risk of serious and potentially life-threatening blood clots in the lungs.
If you have been affected, contact the New York City Xeljanz lawsuit attorneys at Sullivan Papain Block McGrath Coffinas & Cannavo, P.C. today.
Results from an ongoing post-marketing safety study on Pfizer’s Xeljanz, prompted the FDA to issue a safety announcement on February 25, 2019. The FDA reported that the study indicates there is an increased risk of blood clots in the lungs and of death in patients taking 10 mg of Xeljanz or Xeljanz XR twice daily for rheumatoid arthritis.
As of March 2019, there have been 109 cases of blood clots in the lungs, or Pulmonary Embolism (PE), 14 of which have resulted in death. Additionally, there have been five fatalities out of the 63 reported cases of Deep vein thrombosis (DVT). All reported adverse events related to Xeljanz can be found in the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS).
Lawsuits against Xeljanz’s manufacturer, Pfizer, are currently being individually filed across the country. Plaintiffs who have suffered severe side effects, such as PE, DVT, or wrongful death, are seeking compensation and will likely raise the following allegations, claiming that Pfizer failed to:
Xeljanz lawsuits have yet to be consolidated into class actions or federal multidistrict litigation, but most likely will in the near future.
Taking on a pharmaceutical giant, such as Pfizer, is no easy task. Defective drug lawyers have successfully dealt with similar cases, and their knowledge of specific product liability laws that apply can help you achieve your desired results. Injuries from defective drugs are often serious, causing unnecessary physical harm and can lead to wrongful death. Victims and their families are often left facing unanticipated medical costs, missed work, and emotional pain. The right lawyer will alleviate all case-related stress and any concerns that accompany your hope of being compensated.
If you or a loved one believes you may have a Xeljanz-related injury claim, you may be entitled to compensation from the manufacturer. Protect yourself and your family by discussing your rights with our highly qualified NYC Xeljanz lawsuit attorney today. We will review your case in a free consultation. Call our New York personal injury lawyers at (212) 732-9000 or fill out our online contact form.