The plaintiff, Della Wise, filed the lawsuit on behalf of her deceased aunt, Mattie Edgin. She alleges that drug-makers “fervently marketed” Xarelto “with no regard to the accuracy and misrepresentations of their misleading marketing.”
As evidence of Xarelto risks, she cited 356 reports of serious, disabling, or fatal injuries. Furthermore, Xarelto was linked to 72 deaths in the first three months of 2013 in Germany alone.
Wise alleges that Xarelto was marketed with false claims that patients did not need regular monitoring for bleeding and blood clots — unlike warfarin, which requires routine blood tests to adjust dosage. Another difference between Xarelto and warfarin is that Xarelto has no reversal agent, whereas warfarin can be reversed with a dose of vitamin K.
According to the complaint:
“Due to the flawed formulation of Xarelto, which according to defendants does not require regular blood monitoring or frequent doctor follow-up, raises concerns about the risk of stroke, bleeding, and blood clots if not taken properly or absorbed properly, particularly in patients with poor renal function.”
Wise is seeking punitive damages for fraud, wrongful death, consumer law violations, negligence, failure to warn, product liability, unreasonable marketing of a dangerous drug, and breach of warranty.
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