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Xeljanz Lawsuits: Cancer, Blood Clots and Heart Problems

Xeljanz is a drug that has been used to treat numerous ailments, including rheumatoid arthritis. This drug is a big moneymaker for Pfizer. The company keeps applying to the FDA to expand permissible uses of Xeljanz, and the regulator keeps approving the requests. Now, Xeljanz is also used to treat ulcerative colitis and psoriatic arthritis. As a result, Xeljanz has become one of the top-selling U.S. drugs. Just in the first nine months of 2020, Xeljanz did over $1.7 billion in domestic sales. The growing sales have also led to growing problems. There are mounting safety concerns about significant side effects from the use of Xeljanz, including:

  • Pulmonary embolisms
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Cancer
  • Heart problems
  • Liver damage

If you or a loved one have been prescribed and taken Xeljanz and developed a serious health condition, please, contact us today. We can connect you with experienced legal representation to fight for justice on your behalf.

Tens of Thousands of People Have Been Injured by Xeljanz with Many Patient Deaths

Over a six-year period, the FDA received over 42,000 reports of adverse reactions to the drug. The true number is likely higher, as not everyone reports a reaction to the FDA. Almost 1,000 deaths were attributed to Xeljanz during that time. The problems keep getting worse. In 2019, the FDA forced Pfizer to add a boxed warning about blood clots. Now, the FDA is also warning about cancer as a side effect. Since more people than ever are taking the drug due to recent FDA approval for more uses, the number of injured people will grow.

The problem is these are the first warnings that the public has received about the dangers of these drugs. Pfizer has allegedly known about these problems for a while, especially because injured users were reporting their complications to the FDA. Yet the company did not tell patients about these risks as they took the drugs. Instead, Pfizer spent many millions of dollars on a mass marketing campaign because the company was making quite a bit of money on Xeljanz.

Most recently, the FDA issued a warning about the link between Xeljanz and serious heart conditions and cancer.

A Growing Number of Injured Consumers Are Suing Pfizer for Xeljanz Injuries

More injured women are filing Xeljanz lawsuits against Pfizer. Since so many people have taken the drug, this could turn into a substantial mass tort case. Right now, most of the lawsuits relate to blood clots, but we expect there to be a significant number of cases connected to cancer and cardiovascular events given the recent warnings.

The lawsuits are accusing Pfizer of the following:

  • Pfizer knew of an increased risk of blood clots, even before the public studies were released, but did not report adverse events to the FDA
  • The drug’s design was defective because of the dangerous side effects that it caused.
  • Pfizer knew of the dangers of Xeljanz, but did not warn the public.

These lawsuits are very early in their life. They have just been filed since 2019. Since the number of known side effects is increasing, we expect the number of lawsuits to also surge.

If you have taken Xeljanz and have suffered any of the serious side effects listed above, you may be eligible for financial compensation. If your loved one died from these complications, your family may be able to file their own lawsuit. First, you should speak with an experienced attorney to discuss your case. The lawyer will explain whether you may be able to receive compensation and how the process works. We can connect you with an attorney who can help you. However, you must act quickly because you have a limited amount of time to file a lawsuit.