Blood-thinning drug Xarelto faces 18,000 lawsuits

by Jon Rappoport

April 26, 2017

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The first court test of Bayer/J&J’s billion-dollar bonanza, blood-thinner, Xarelto, is coming up in New Orleans next week. The outcome will influence how the 18,000 lawsuits behind it will be handled.

The plaintiff in the first suit is Joseph Boudreaux. “While Xarelto was supposed to help cut his stroke risk, Boudreaux says it instead caused internal bleeding that required a week-long hospital stay in the intensive-care unit, several blood transfusions and multiple heart procedures. ‘I don’t want anybody else to suffer like I have from that drug,’ the part-time security guard says,” reports the Chicago Tribune.

Lawyers for Bayer and J&J will argue, in the main, that Xarelto was approved by the FDA as safe and effective.

This is the normal front-line strategy in cases where the drugmaker believes it can’t be accused of purposely concealing a medicine’s dangers from the FDA.

“Well, the government says the drug is safe and effective, so what else do you want from us? We’ve done our duty. We’re off the hook.”

It’s called shift the responsibility.

The last time I looked, the FDA doesn’t develop, manufacture, and sell drugs. Pharmaceutical companies do. If their drugs kill people and maim them, why shouldn’t they shoulder the blame, regardless of what a government agency says?

A simple change in law would remedy this situation: irrespective of what the FDA claims or doesn’t claim, ultimate accountability for a drug’s effects lies with the company that created it.

If you own a business that makes a product, and 18,000 people are lined up to sue you because they claim the product seriously harmed them, you’re the one who’s going to have to go to court and try to defend your actions.

You’re not going to be able to claim it was your second cousin’s fault or the man in the moon’s responsibility.

Even if we assume the FDA is honest and thorough and honorable (laughable, I know), they’re simply offering their assessment. It doesn’t matter that they’re the only body that can certify a drug for public use. That’s not a reason to exonerate a drug company.

Drug companies try to make hay from the fact that the FDA is certifying their medicines. “Don’t blame us. The FDA liked our drug. Blame them. And good luck with that.”

This would be like a mother saying, “Yes, I was in the park with my child, and yes, I wandered away to talk to an ice cream vendor, and I came back a half hour later to find her with a broken leg, but you see, it was my husband’s fault. He decided I would be competent to take care of our children…”

Forget all about the clinical trials of new drugs, and the published studies, and the back-and-forth between the pharmaceutical company and the FDA, and the FDA certifications.

It’s far simpler. It’s the sign in the store that says, “You break it, you pay for it.”

You break people, you pay.

The only ones who don’t understand that are criminals.

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10 comments on “Blood-thinning drug Xarelto faces 18,000 lawsuits

  1. Big Pharma already has immunity against vaccine damage. I wonder how long it will be till they demand immunity for all their products. While at the same time these extremely dangerous products will be aggressively pushed on the public.

    • jacobite2015 says:

      Isn’t most of Congress in the pockets of Big Pharma? So, ultimately that’s probably one of their objectives (that and compulsory vaccination for every man, woman & child).

  2. Mara Clemente says:

    you’re way too easy on the feds

  3. chris says:

    Good thing I stop taking that medicine. The doctor told me I need to take this medicine for life. I went to a holistic doctor and he told me to take two capsule of fish oil every day. Since then I have no problems with blood clots. If I would have listen to my regular doctor, I would probably in that lawsuit as well.

  4. Rife says:

    I used to work for a medical equipment company. When the FDA would come all they looked at was the paperwork. They do not touch or even look at the products. All we had to do was to “get our docs in a row”…… Total bullshit!

  5. Alex says:

    This is the drug Arnold Palmer was taking and advertising. You may recall he died from heart problems from a drug that should have prevented them.

  6. Reblogged this on amnesiaclinic and commented:
    And 800 cases lined up against Monsanto….

  7. Taking this drug for years. Besides everything else, it costs about $400 a month and they make the pills so small you can’t even cut them in half. So, $5,000 a year for the drug company and 18,000 lawsuits against it. I think I’m in trouble.

  8. Mark says:

    Unfortunately the design of the corporate system puts corporations outside the law. The costs of fines and awards from legal judgments will be passed back to the consumers over time. Big pharma sees these lawsuits as merely a nuisance.

    “A corporation is a legal person created by state statute that can be used as a fall guy, a servant, a good friend or a decoy. A person you control… yet cannot be held accountable for its actions. Imagine the possibilities!” – Wyoming Corporate Services

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