Texas Xarelto LawyerAugust 16, 2016 — With over 7,000 Xarelto lawsuits now filed, a federal judge in Louisiana has picked two cases for the first “bellwether” trials scheduled for February 2017.

U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon picked a case involving a man from Louisiana who experienced gastrointestinal bleeding after taking Xarelto for the first trial, according to Reuters.

The second trial will involve a person who experienced brain bleeding or a hemorrhagic stroke after taking Xarelto.

Judge Fallon has not yet chosen the remaining lawsuits to go to trial, but the third case will involve a person who experienced gastrointestinal bleeding after taking Xarelto to treat Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) or a Pulmonary Embolism (PE).

The lawsuits are centralized in a federal Multi-District Litigation (MDL No. 2592) in the Eastern District of Louisiana.

Xarelto was released in 2011 as an alternative to warfarin, which has been the top anti-clotting medication for the past 60 years. Unlike warfarin, Xarelto lacks a reversal agent and is not easily de-activated when a patient starts bleeding.

All of the lawsuits accuse Bayer and Janssen Pharmaceuticals of downplaying the risk of severe, uncontrollable bleeding from Xarelto to promote it as superior to warfarin.

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