A drug named Xeljanz was first approved by the FDA in 2012. It has been used by thousands of patients to relieve chronic pain. Since then, the FDA has issued warnings of side effects. A Xeljanz lawsuit can help those harmed by this prescription medication.
WARNING: DO NOT STOP TAKING XELJANZ WITHOUT FIRST CONSULTING WITH YOUR DOCTOR.
Horrible Side Effects
In February 2019 the FDA has released a warning about potentially life-threatening side effects for people using Xeljanz. Additionally, the FDA now requires warnings of these previously undisclosed dangers. Lawsuits are on the rise as people experience horrible side effects—even death.
Here is everything you need to know about a Xeljanz lawsuit:
What is Xeljanz?
Xeljanz was first approved to help treat moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis. It also can be used to treat ulcerative colitis in addition to psoriatic arthritis. Xeljanz is also known as Xeljanz XR and tofacitinib.
Who Makes Xeljanz?
Pfizer is the company that manufactures Xeljanz and Xeljanz XR. Xeljanz is a brand name for tofacitinib. Generic tofacitinib is available.
What Does Xeljanz Do?
The medicine is prescribed to decrease cytokines, a protein that assists in suppressing the immune system. Lowering the amount of these proteins helps lower the amount of inflammation and pain in the body—such as rheumatoid arthritis.
Xeljanz Clinical Trial
Xeljanz underwent a large, randomized safety clinical trial. The clinical trial found Xeljanz users had an increase of certain serious health problems. The FDA changed its guidance and issued its strongest warning.
FDA Black Box Warning
In July of 2019, the FDA has issued a black box warning and urged any patients to call their doctors immediately. Later, the FDA issued an updated black box warning for Xeljanz. According to the large clinical safety trials, both the 5mg and 10mg doses reveal an increased risk of these dangerous side effects.
What Is A Black Box Warning?
A black box warning is the most serious warning issued by the FDA. This type of warning requires the information to be printed at the top of prescribing information. Additionally, this warning is printed inside a black box.
Xeljanz Undisclosed Side Effects
The randomized safety clinical trial found an increased risk of specific side effects when using Xeljanz. These side effects were not listed as possible side effects included with the prescription medication. The FDA discovered that Xeljanz increases the likelihood of:
- heart attack
- ischemic stroke
- blood clots
- pulmonary embolism
- deep vein thrombosis
- arterial thrombosis
- breast cancer
- lung cancer
- pancreatic cancer
- prostate cancer
- death (sudden cardiac death)
- death caused by any of the above issues
Xeljanz lawsuits fall under the area of product liability law. Pfizer knew or should have known, its product is dangerous. As such, Pfizer can be held responsible for the damage its product has done.
Xeljanz Lawsuit Compensation
Certain patients and their surviving family members may have grounds for a Xeljanz lawsuit. If you have a valid claim against the makers of Xeljanz, you may be eligible to receive compensation for:
- medical expenses
- loss of income
- pain and suffering
- future medical expenses
- wrongful death
- loss of consortium/companionship
- surviving family financial hardship
- punitive damages
When To Call A Lawyer
Do you have side effects from using Xeljanz? Has a family member died from complications caused by using Xeljanz? You may have a claim for compensation. Hiring a personal injury lawyer can help you recover the money you need. You’ll want to talk to a personal injury lawyer that specializes in product liability claims.
Xeljanz Lawyer In Pennsylvania
Please call us today so we can discuss the details of your situation. You may be entitled to compensation. Contact us today for a free Xeljanz lawsuit consultation with a local attorney. We have offices in Philadelphia and New Jersey.