The Side Effects of Xarelto that Drug Companies Aren’t Telling You About

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Xarelto may be harming more than it is healing. Growing evidence shows that side effects associated with the anticoagulant can be life-threatening.

When drug companies put their patients’ lives at risk, Hotze Runkle is here to represent you. Our Xarelto litigation team is here to fight in your defense.

If you or a family member are one of the 7 million people worldwide that have been prescribed Xarelto, this post may serve as your wake up call.

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What is Xarelto?

Xarelto, also known as rivaroxaban, is a prescription medication created to be a superior alternative to the older anticoagulant warfarin.

Xarelto stops the formation of blood clots in patients that suffer from atrial fibrillation or deep vein thrombosis. It is used to help reduce the risk of strokes and as a treatment to help prevent pulmonary embolism as well.

But the drug companies that make the drug were not able to create an antidote for it. Xarelto takes around 9 hours to be removed from your body, so if injuries like an external cut or an internal hemorrhage occur, patients and doctors must wait until the drug runs its course.

If the injury is dire, very little can be done medically to ease the symptoms. This has lead to fatalities and serious personal injuries.

In 2014 alone, 3,331 serious adverse event reports for Xarelto were filed to the Food and Drug Administration, including 379 deaths, over 1,600 hemorrhages, and more than 1,100 stroke-related events.

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What are some of the side effects?

Some of the most serious side effects caused by taking Xarelto include:

  • Excessive bruising or bleeding
  • Bleeding gums or nosebleeds
  • Bloody stools
  • Red or dark brown urine
  • Vomiting or coughing blood
  • Intracranial, abdominal, and/or retinal hemorrhages
  • Spinal or epidural hematoma
  • Stroke
  • Death

Users of Xarelto have also experienced back pain, dizziness, headaches, numbness, paralysis, and bladder or bowel dysfunction.

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How are we holding the drug companies that made Xarelto accountable?

Bayer, Johnson & Johnson, and Janssen Pharmaceutical have not announced any settlements, but cases against the company continue to increase.

Over 18,000 lawsuits have been filed against Xarelto, and Multi-District Litigation has commenced.

Xarelto has yet to be officially recalled.

If you or a loved one had taken Xarelto and experienced any of the side effects mentioned above, you may qualify for compensation.

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Have you or anyone you love experienced been hospitalized while taking Xarelto? If so, please contact our national litigation firm Hotze Runkle today at (877) 919-0830.

We strongly advise that if you or one of your loved ones are currently using Xarelto, set up a consultation with your doctor. Early detection can determine if any damage has been done to vital organs because of this drug.

If Xarelto is responsible for the death or debilitation of you or your loved one, contact Hotze Runkle today at (877) 919-0830.

Act now! Failure to act quickly may mean the expiration of the statute of limitations, thus forfeiting any legal recourse.


Exciting Breakthroughs in IVC Filter Removal

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Years of product complications and mounting litigation have left an unflattering brand on IVC filters. Patients continue to experience problems with the troublesome medical devices.

Part of what our national litigation team at Hotze Runkle has learned in dealing with the patients affected by IVC filters is that there is often as much trouble with removing these products as there is living with them.

The reasons to consider removal are often the same ones that make extracting an IVC filter so difficult. Whether the filter has torn or blocked a vein, or pieces of the metallic devices have traveled elsewhere, safely removing an IVC filter can be a dangerous undertaking.

Luckily, recent breakthroughs in IVC filter removal look promising for patients living with the pains and medical concerns caused by the devices.

Cutting-Edge Innovations

The fact that these filters break down and inevitably require removal should not be all that surprising. Filters of all sorts need to be replaced in order to prevent potential issues.

What is alarming is that follow-ups to determine the status of IVC filters are not always done, even with the knowledge that most complications arise within three to six months.

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This urgent need is what motivated a team of interventional radiologists at Rush University Medical Center to develop a safe and effective method of removing the filters.

The Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology published the latest techniques developed by the team in November of last year.

Lead author Osman Ahmed, MD, reflected the confidence of the interventional radiologists involved when he stated that they were able to remove any filter with this new method, regardless of the situation.

This innovative system for IVC filter removal centers around catching – or “snaring” – the device during a procedure to ensure that it doesn’t move. This minimizes the chance that additional damage is done to the vein.

Once this is done, the doctors cover the device so that no pieces break off and travel elsewhere in a patient’s body.

An excimer laser is one of the tools utilized by the team to make this technique possible. These lasers are commonly used in the production of microelectronics and eye surgery.

The confidence put forth by Ahmed is well-founded as the Rush staff has successfully retrieved 100 percent of IVC filters with their methods over the last five years.

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Making a Difference Where It Really Matters

While skeptics may be quick to wonder if these are primarily standard procedures, this is not the case.

Many of these procedures were performed on referred patients that required the team to deal with filters that other hospitals had deemed too difficult to remove.

Twilight (conscious) sedation is typically used for these minimally invasive outpatient procedures. If the Rush staff feel that a retrieval may take longer, a patient is given general anesthesia.

The incision made for removing an IVC filter is made either in the neck or the groin. The team uses X-rays to guide the tools they use, such as wires and catheters, to remove a filter.

The necessity to remove IVC filters is because of the inherent dangers associated with leaving the devices inside a patient’s body for too long. The FDA recommends that everyone who has an IVC filter should consult with an interventional radiologist about removing the filter. Regardless of whether removal is recommended, all patients should be evaluated.

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If you or someone you know has been harmed by complications with an IVC filter, contact the national litigation team of Hotze Runkle today at 877-919-0830.

Our experienced legal team can help you determine if you are entitled to compensation for the suffering you have experienced.

Don’t let your voice be taken away. We will take care of you and your family by holding those who failed to, accountable.


Alternative Treatments to IVC Filters

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The majority of makers and distributors of IVC filters across the country find themselves entangled in litigation.

These widely-used devices, which are typically used to treat and prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolisms, have a long-standing reputation for being dangerous and harmful to patients who have had them implanted.

Strangely, these companies have still persist in marketing and selling their products. Even in the face of countless reports of injuries, complications – and even death.

Hotze Runkle knows that these companies have to be held accountable for the suffering they have caused. Their disregard for the wellbeing of patients is both inhumane and criminal.

People should know that even though IVC filters are a common choice to combat DVT and pulmonary embolisms, there are other treatment options available to them.

Potential Alternatives to IVC Filters

Anticoagulants

This is the alternative choice that is most commonly used instead of an IVC Filter. Anticoagulants, or blood thinners, can be given to post-surgery patients to help minimize the risk of strokes and blood clots.

A typical blood thinner therapy plan begins with a patient being given heparin for several days. This will be accompanied by the start of a warfarin treatment that can last anywhere between three to six months.

The reason that these plans begin with heparin is that warfarin usually needs a number of days to reach its peak effectiveness. Heparin helps bridge that initial time gap between surgery and when warfarin reaches its full potency.

However, this alternative is not without drawbacks of its own. People who have medical issues that make them more likely to have severe bleeding incidents can’t take anticoagulants.

Patients with kidney problems and clotting disorders are among those who have to seek out additional treatment avenues as well.

Additionally, if the threat of DVT or pulmonary embolisms is a recurring issue, there is no definite timetable for how long a patient would have to use blood thinners.

Over time, these medications can cause scarring in a patient’s veins and potentially increase the risk of blood clots.

Intermittent Pneumatic Compression (IPC)

If circumstances and medical status prevent the use of blood thinners, a person might consider IPC treatment. In spite of the complex name, this is a relatively simple treatment method.

A patient will have an inflatable sleeve placed over the part of the body where there is risk of blood clots – often times the leg – but not always. That sleeve is connected to an air pump.

The air inflates the sleeve which in turn pushes the blood away from the trouble area to the patient’s heart. When the sleeve deflates, it allows for blood to return to where it started.

The continual process helps facilitate regular blood circulation, minimizing the likelihood of a clot forming.

Thrombolysis & Surgery

These two choices are not used as frequently but should be weighed if a patient is not a candidate for or comfortable with other treatment options.

Thrombolysis is a procedure that involves the use of a catheter to quickly break up a clot and return a vein’s blood flow to normal. There is a relatively high success rate (80%) associated with this type of treatment.

Occasionally, surgery can be employed as a solution to a blood clot. This is only done in very rare and unusual cases involving clots that are very large and blocking important blood vessels.

If you or someone you know has suffered from an implanted IVC filter, Hotze Runkle wants you to know what your legal options are.

As with all medical decisions, Hotze Runkle encourages you to speak with your physician when deciding on how to best face issues with DVT or pulmonary embolisms. It is vital that you consider all the alternatives to IVC filters.

Our experienced team of attorneys has the expertise you need to fight against the companies who made your well-being secondary to their bottom line. Contact our national litigation firm today at (877) 919-0830 and let us take care of you and your family.

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The Role of the Food and Drug Administration in Approving Drugs

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The Food and Drug Administration is the federal department which is responsible for regulating the approval of medications and medical devices such as Xarelto and IVC filters. The FDA has an approval process during which pharmaceutical companies must meet legal requirements and standards.

Unfortunately, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has reported on several occasions that the FDA lacks adequate staffing and resources to effectively manage its responsibilities. This criticism focuses on a number of problems regarding the FDA’s approval process including:

  • Conflicts of interest in the agency’s relationships with pharmaceutical companies.
  • Failure to have mandatory adverse events reports.
  • Flawed approval procedures.
  • Faster approvals leading to more safety concerns.

Here at the law offices of Hotze Runkle, we understand the damages that can occur when faulty medical devices and dangerous drugs are allowed out into the public. We believe it is vital that victims and potential patients understand the risks associated with these products. Thus, we make it our duty to inform the public about vital information that can help you better understand the situation.

How does the FDA approval process work?

The FDA approval process can be a relatively long proceeding. There are a number of steps that must be completed in order for pharmaceutical companies to have their products approved, although, recent laws such as the 21st Century Cures Act are beginning to deregulate and quicken the process.

The FDA approval process includes:

  • Preclinical Trials: This process begins before the FDA is involved and essentially works towards proving a given drug or medical device is safe on animals. Data is collected and provided to the FDA in the form of an Investigational New Drug application. If accepted, the company can begin testing their product on humans.
  • Phase I Clinical Trials: Drugs are administered to healthy participants who do not have the disease for which the drug is aimed to treat. This phase is intended to determine the safety of the drug, side effects, and how the drug is processed out of the human body. If there are no unacceptable risks, the clinical trials continue on./li>
  • Phase II Clinical Trials: Phase II focuses on drug safety and efficacy, and is provided to individuals with the disease. During this part of the process, 2 groups of volunteers (ranging from dozens to hundreds) are given either the drug or a placebo. The data is analyzed, and if successfully completed, the FDA and pharma company work together to develop a large-scale trial.
  • Phase III Clinical Trials: This is the largest of the three clinical trials and continues to focus on safety and effectiveness. Demographic variables are introduced at this point and researchers look to see if the drug or medical device is working as it is intended to.
  • New Drug Application: After the clinical trials have been successfully completed, the company submits a new drug application. They will provide data about the preclinical period as well as from the three-phased clinical trials. An advisory committee may be created to review the data and provide advice to the FDA regarding its efficacy and safety. The FDA then makes its decision.

Criticisms of the approval process.

As previously mentioned, the Government Accountability Office has taken note of some of the largest criticisms against the agency.

One of the most substantial criticisms against the FDA approval process is that the preclinical trials and the three clinical trials are all developed and performed by the companies themselves. Meaning there is a high potential that internal company researchers and scientists can essentially lie about results and effectively leave out any negative information that could result in an FDA denial.

While this could appear as mere speculation, a 2006 survey created by the Union of Concerned Scientists found that almost one-fifth of FDA scientists had been asked to exclude vital information or change technical data on their conclusions in reports and FDA documents.

Perhaps even more stunningly, a 2005 report by professional journal Nature found that 70% of FDA panels who were involved in creating clinical guidelines regarding medication usage included at least one panel member who had financial links to the companies whose products were being surveyed.

While the FDA did eventually set forth new guidelines that would no longer permit such behavior, the damage was conceivably done.

Have you or a loved one been severely injured as a result of taking medications such as Xarelto or because of faulty medical devices like IVC filters? Let the national litigation team of Hotze Runkle serve your needs and provide you with the commitment to get the job done.

If you or a loved one has suffered adverse effects as a result of an IVC filter implantation or as a direct result of taking the anticoagulant, Xarelto, contact a team that fights to earn your trust—contact Hotze Runkle.

Our team of experienced and high qualified lawyers has the ability to make pharmaceutical companies pay for the damaged they have caused. Reach us today at (877) 919-0830 to learn more about how we can put our years of experience to work fighting for you and your family.


The Companies Behind Problem IVC Filters

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While we can sympathize and empathize with the victims who have suffered adverse effects because of the use of IVC filters, the negligent companies behind them seem faceless and nameless.

The national litigation team at Hotze Runkle understands the importance of getting to know the people we are fighting for on a personal level. We also believe it is equally important for us to know about the reckless companies who have put these innocent people in harm’s way by disregarding data that showed their products were dangerous.

By the Names and Numbers

In deciding whether or not to pursue legal action for an injustice suffered, it is natural to ask if there is any precedent or history of similar cases.

For patients who have had trouble with IVC filters, there is an ever-growing body of cases to draw on. There are almost 4000 filed lawsuits currently pending in two separate federal litigations against the two largest makers of these devices.

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However, these two makers – Cook Medical and C.R. Bard – are not alone in facing potential legal consequences.

Cordis Corporation, a smaller company that also produces the filters, is also involved in around 200 cases of their own. Rex Medical, B. Braun, and Argon Medical are additional companies that distribute IVC filters who are facing lawsuits in federal and state court over the side effects associated with their products.

Still, none of the companies face more penalties and consequences than Cook Medical. The Gunther Tulip and Celect IVC models they market are at the heart of many of the claims levied against them.

The U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, is currently handling all the pretrial steps for the multidistrict litigation on these cases.

C.R. Bard has a number of its models that have had injury claims directed against them. The hundreds of lawsuits focus on issues that have arisen with their Denali, Recovery, G2, and Meridian models.

The OptEase and TrapEase filters are the products that have brought suits against Cordis Corporation.

The Role of the FDA

Compounding the indifference from the distributors of IVC filters was the slow response from the FDA. Even after having received reports, in the thousands, for years concerning the negative and deadly effects of the filters, they didn’t issue a warning against them until 2010.

A subsequent warning from the FDA in 2014 advised the removal of IVC filters after a month or two followed their initial warning.

A year later, NBC followed up with a report of their own claiming that C.R. Bard had disregarded these warnings and continued to sell their products, in spite of the injuries and death associated with them.

The events covered in the report highlighted many of the common issues faced by patients who had, for various medical reasons, the devices implanted. These risks included the IVC filters puncturing the vena cava and breaking apart and moving out of place.

In some cases, the metal pieces that broke off traveled to other parts of the body, like the heart and lungs.

C.R. Bard failed to respond to these issues and also failed to pass the warnings along to doctors.

Hotze Runkle’s national litigation firm is here to provide you with the legal guidance you need and to fight for the justice you deserve.

Regardless of whether or not the IVC filter model that you have had implanted appears above, there is a high risk of harm that comes with any version of them.

We here at Hotze Runkle advise you to speak with your doctor or qualified physician on the potential risks you could face while using an IVC filter if you haven’t already struggled with their dangerous failures.

If you or someone you know has been injured because of their use of an IVC filter, contact Hotze Runkle today at (877) 919-0830.

Don’t suffer quietly or alone. These companies must be held responsible for the pain they have caused innocent victims.


The Number of Taxotere Lawsuits Continues to Grow

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There has been increased momentum in the Taxotere lawsuits that are currently undergoing discovery and various pretrial steps in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana.

Altogether, there are now over 1,100 suits filed by breast cancer patients who have experienced permanent alopecia (hair loss) as a result of taking the chemotherapy drug Taxotere.

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One factor that has contributed to this high number of cases is that lawsuits involving both Taxotere (docetaxel) and its generic versions are included in the consolidated litigation.

Hotze Runkle recognizes the importance of the path these proceedings will take. It is vital to future cases and to the lives of affected patients that the manufacturer of Taxotere, Sanofi-Aventis, be required to answer for the suffering they have caused.

Looking Back as Things Move Forward

There is a monthly status conference scheduled for July 7th, which should provide more concrete dates for the trials moving forward.

Perhaps the most promising news that has come out of pretrial developments is that a request by Sanofi-Aventis lawyers to have the suits litigated on an individual basis was not approved.

The request came in spite of years of data showing a repeated pattern of Sanofi-Aventis ignoring the potential of long-term hair loss in patients treated with Taxotere.

In 2012, in the Annals of Oncology, a study was done on 20 patients who were treated with Taxotere during their therapy. Every patient in the study experienced a lasting alopecia.

While that may be an extreme example, a study conducted by Sanofi itself showed the same risks for Taxotere users as far back as the late 1990s.

This study, known as GEICAM 9805, yielded results that showed nine percent of patients who were given Taxotere were afflicted with hair loss that lasted ten years or more.

Those chronic side effects were still not enough for Sanofi-Aventis to provide more than a vague warning concerning hair loss on Taxotere packaging.

In some cases, the alopecia experienced by patients in this study was not restricted to just the scalp. The loss of eyebrows was another long-term consequence for at least one woman in Canada.

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One case that comes up most often is the lawsuit filed by Ami Dodson.

A former breast cancer patient from California who used the drug during her chemotherapy treatment has made a number of allegations against the defendants, concerning events that go as far back as 1996 – over 20 years ago.

The fact that the timeline of her claims stretches back to this year is no accident. It was in 1996 that docetaxel was first approved by the FDA for use in breast cancer therapy.

Dodson was one of the earliest to voice opposition to Sanofi’s marketing of Taxotere as more effective and less toxic in comparison to other chemotherapy drugs. Her suit is something of a template case illustrating how the potential side effects of Taxotere have resulted in lasting, chronic hair loss.

Mrs. Dodson’s case, as well as all those currently pending in Louisiana, should serve as a reminder to all those affected by Taxotere that they don’t have to remain silent.

The national litigation team of Hotze Runkle is here to help you figure out the legal rights and options that you have.

You can fight back against the negligence and indifference of Sanofi-Aventis and get justice for your troubles.

The time to act is now. Contact our national litigation team today at 512-476-7771 and let us go to work for you. We want to bring you the peace of mind you need to move forward in life.


Prolonged IVC Filter Use Can Lead to Higher Retrieval Failure Rates

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received more than 1,000 adverse event reports involving Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filters and a growing number of lawsuits are being filed against IVC manufacturers BARD and Cook Medical for several of their products including Bard Recovery, Bard G2, Bard G2 Express,  Cook Gunther Tulip, and Cook Celect.

Allegations against the developers of these IVC filters revolve around the medical devices falling out of place or breaking apart within the body, and the fragments migrating, causing severe internal damages to vein walls and internal organs such as the heart and lungs. Lawsuits also note that the manufacturers failed to warn patients and physicians about the potential hazards of IVC filters.

These issues have been linked to retrievable IVC filters and their surgical removal has been a topic surrounded by much controversy. In 2014, the FDA released a safety communication notifying doctors to remove retrievable IVC filters within two months after a patient was no longer at risk of pulmonary embolism; a medical condition the devices are designed to protect against.

Now, a new study published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Interventions found that it becomes harder to remove the IVC filters the longer they are left implanted, with this further resulting in health problems and the need for more invasive retrieval techniques.

What we already knew about IVC filters.

This isn’t the first time the failing of IVC filters and their removal – or lack thereof – have been scrutinized by reputable organizations. A study published in 2010 in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that the Bard Recovery Filter had a failure rate set at 25% and the Bard G2 at about 12%.

Additionally, JAMA Internal Medicine published in July 2015, a study conducted at a single medical center which revealed that out of 648 procedures, 14.7% required advanced techniques to retrieve the devices after routine attempts had failed.

These studies have only validated concerns set forth by plaintiffs and those injured by the harmful devices.

What the new study warns against.

The newest study published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Interventions was completed by a group of researchers from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. The group analyzed data from IVC filter retrieval procedures that took place between 2009 to 2015.

One of the most notable points of the research was that out of 762 procedures, the most common filter retrieved was of the Cook Celect variety.

The researchers also uncovered an alarmingly high retrieval failure rate of nearly 41% when the devices had been left in patients for over seven months. The failure to properly retrieve the IVC filters also led to an increased risk of other injuries such as groin hematoma or harming of the inferior vena cava itself.

It was understood that the longer the medical device had been left implanted within the patient, the more difficult the retrieval process, which would ultimately require patients to obtain services at a more advanced facility.

What are some of the risk of retrieving IVC filters?

While having the medical devices implanted within the body is risky enough, the removal of IVC filters come with their own potential concerns including:

  • Damage to the vena cava
  • Damage to internal organs
  • Migration of IVC filter pieces to the heart or lungs
  • Loss of the filter in the body
  • Source of a new clot

In scenarios where patients cannot have their IVC filter removed because of its dangerous proximity to organs or arteries, they must commence a blood thinning treatment – the same type of treatment the IVC filters were meant to help them avoid.

Let the national litigation team of Hotze Runkle help you take legal action against the manufacturers of defective IVC filters.

If you or a loved one has suffered physical, emotional, and financial complications due to an IVC filter, Hotze Runkle is here to help. Contact us today at (877) 919-0830.

Our team of experienced and knowledgeable attorneys is dedicated to fighting for the justice you deserve. Allow us to review your experiences and determine if your case qualifies for compensation.


Staying Informed: 2nd Bellwether Trial Ends in Favor for Bayer, Johnson & Johnson

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Just last month, in their initial courtroom appearance stemming from allegations against the anticoagulant medication, Xarelto, Bayer and Johnson & Johnson obtained a legal victory. The win was relatively short lived as the company was back in court for a second bellwether trial on May 30th in a federal courthouse for the U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana.

The second Xarelto bellwether trial has since ended and Xarelto manufacturer, Bayer and Johnson & Johnson, has once again obtained a verdict in favor of their defense. The federal jury’s verdict cleared the company of any liability for a fatal injury suffered by Sharyn Orr and confirms the decision of the first trial.

Your team of experienced national litigation attorneys at Hotze Runkle understand that these developments may be a bit unexpected for plaintiffs with pending Xarelto lawsuits, but it is vital that we remain informed about these events so as to better serve our clients.

Background History of 2nd Bellwether Trial

While Bayer and Johnson & Johnson thus far remain unaccountable for their actions and negligence in selling their harmful anticoagulant Xarelto, there are still over 18,000 pending lawsuits against them.

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The lawsuits allege that neither patients nor prescribing physicians adequately received warning about the life threatening dangers associated with taking the medication. Even with all the negative publicity the medication has received in recent years, it has still snagged a substantial market share, bringing Bayer more than $3 billion dollars in revenue.

Despite the medication lacking an antidote to reverse its effects, Xarelto has still become the most commonly prescribed Novel Oral Anticoagulant, surpassing gold standard Warfarin along the way.

It was, however, this lack of an antidote that ultimately contributed to the passing of Mrs. Sharyn Orr.

Mrs. Orr suffered from brain hemorrhaging while taking Xarelto for her chronic atrial fibrillation. The patient had been on Xarelto for a little over a year when she became ill and required hospitalization.

Unfortunately, doctors were unable to remedy the situation as a result of the Xarelto in Mrs. Orr’s bloodstream. Consequently, they were forced to wait 12 hours in order to respond with medical care – but they were too late.

The woman’s husband and children filed a lawsuit suit on her behalf, asserting that Mrs. Orr’s death was a result of the side effects caused by Xarelto. The plaintiffs’ lawyers argued that the emergency physicians did not have enough information in order to make an effective decision that could have prevented her passing.

Still, the federal jury surmised that the warning labels on the Xarelto were not inadequate and thus provided the defendant with another legal win.

Going Forward

While Xarelto’s defense has obtained victory in these two initial bellwether trials, the company still faces thousands of other lawsuits including 40 more that have been scheduled for the upcoming months.

Two other trials are scheduled for this summer including one in Texas and one in Mississippi. The next case is scheduled for August of this year and will be overseen by Judge E. Fallon of the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana.

Your legal team at the law offices of Hotze Runkle would like to remind you to remain vigilant and undeterred by these initial court rulings. Every case is subject to its own circumstances and outcome.

If you or someone you love has been greatly affected by the harmful effects of Xarelto, contact the premier national litigation team of Hotze Runkle today at (877) 919-0830.

We strive to put together the best case possible and will work relentlessly to ensure you obtain the justice you deserve.

Please note that there is a statute of limitations which bars claims not brought within an allotted time period after the injury has occurred.


Taxotere Lawsuits and Bellwether Trials

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There are side effects that breast cancer patients can expect when undergoing chemotherapy, with hair loss being among the most common.

One thing that eases the strain of these treatments and their byproducts is the knowledge that the effects are temporary and that patients can expect a return to normalcy after completing them.

Unfortunately, for many breast cancer patients who were treated with the chemotherapy drug Taxotere, the hard times have continued. Many patients have completed treatment only to find that they have suffered from permanent hair loss, or also known as alopecia.

Lawsuits have begun to emerge, revealing that the manufacturer of this drug did not sufficiently warn patients or doctors about the risk of this side effect.

At Hotze Runkle, we understand that dealing with any type of cancer treatment is difficult enough and no one should have to face continued suffering after the treatment has been completed. Taxotere creator Sanofi-Aventis needs to be held accountable for their negligence.

Our team of expert attorneys at Hotze Runkle want to provide you valuable information so that you can be better informed about the current situation should you find yourself affected by the drug.

Taxotere Allegations In-Depth

There are now more than 1,000 lawsuits undergoing pretrial coordination in the Eastern District of Louisiana centered around allegations that Taxotere caused autoimmune skin disease alopecia in breast cancer patients.

Plaintiffs charge that the drug, which was approved by the FDA in 1996, comes with a higher risk of permanent alopecia when compared to other equally effective chemotherapy drugs. One main point of contention for plaintiffs is that this information was not included on labeling for Taxotere until 2015.

This becomes even more damning for the defendants, Sanofi-Aventis, because regulators and patients in Europe were made aware of this potential side effect a decade earlier, in 2005.

Furthermore, Canadian labels were changed in 2012 to inform patients and other parties there.

It was only in the U.S. that Taxotere came with a vague note that “hair usually grows back” concerning any possible permanent hair loss.

Orders Addressing Discovery and Bellwether Trials

On May 15, a pretrial order instructed both plaintiffs and defendant to propose an order for a discovery schedule as well as dates for bellwether trials by May 26th.

Bellwether trials are a common feature of situations like this where so many lawsuits are directed against a single defendant. The trials will usually involve lawsuits that are representative of the majority of the other cases.

This is done to help all parties involved see whether there is strength behind a plaintiff’s claims. The results can be a good predictor of how future, related trials might be decided by juries.

A May 18th Case Management Order set a number of important deadlines concerning Personal Jurisdiction Discovery:

  • By May 26, plaintiffs had to serve personal jurisdictional discovery in response to Sanofi’s motion to dismiss.
  • Before June 2, 2017, the two sides would meet again and discuss any discovery that had been served.
  • As of June 30, 2017, the defendants would respond and cite objections to discovery.

Another Case Management Order, on the 23rd of May, also addressed discovery. This order stated that any foreign merits discovery related to French Sanofi entities would also be served on the 26th of the month.

The deadlines currently set concerning discovery make it likely that the whole process will last until the early stages of Autumn. In this scenario, the first bellwether trials would likely begin in either November or December of this year.

It is important that everyone who has been affected by Taxotere, whether involved in a similar lawsuit or not, follow the developments around these cases.

Hotze Runkle is the support you need if you have been harmed as a result of taking Taxotere.

If you have been affected by Taxotere and are unsure about what your legal options are, contact Hotze Runkle today at (877) 919-0830. Our national litigation team can provide you with the guidance you need to sort through these difficult times.

Don’t face the shadow of Taxotere alone. Our attorneys have the expertise you can trust to get the justice and compensation you deserve.


What You Should Know About IVC Filters and Multidistrict Litigation

If you or a loved has fallen victim to severe injuries caused by dangerous drugs or medical devices like Xarelto, IVC Filters, or Taxotere then you may be aware that there are thousands of lawsuits all across the nation involving the manufacturers who have developed and marketed these products.

There are some vital differences to note, however, between a traditional lawsuit and what is known as multidistrict litigation (MDL) case.

Hotze Runkle is a national litigation law firm dedicated to providing top tier legal advice and assistance to individuals and families during the most troubling times. We believe that by best informing our clients, we are better able to develop a trusting environment and clear lines of communication.

We would like to educate the reader on how MDL may affect you.

What is multidistrict litigation?

Multidistrict litigation (MDL) is a special civil procedure that occurs when a complex legal issue begins to affect a large quantity of people. In the cases of Xarelto, IVC filters, and Taxotere, for instance, thousands of claims have been made against the creators of these individual products.

Generally, cases that fall under MDL have a common issue and common parties.

In order to better manage the multitude of cases that occur all around the country, the federal court system will transfer all of them into a single district court. One court will manage all the discovery and pretrial processes for the lawsuits.

The first lawsuits of an MDL are known as bellwether cases and their rulings can greatly affect litigation for the remaining cases. These initial cases are specifically chosen to represent the circumstances of the majority of the other cases.

What is the purpose of multidistrict litigation?

There are a couple of reasons that the MDL system was established.

The intent of merging all of these cases into a single district court is to conserve court resources, allow litigation to be more efficient and also move forward more quickly. Additionally, this also saves time, money, and effort for the plaintiff (as well as the defendants).

As previously mentioned, a single court will go through the discovery process, which is the investigation that both parties conduct prior to going to trial. The court will set guidelines and rules that must be followed during the discovery process but which will allow for the parties to carry out depositions of witnesses, gather official documents, and submit interrogatories.

Another important element of the MDL is that it helps develop a consistency in rulings. If a single plaintiff is facing individual lawsuits all throughout the nation, then there is a high likelihood that a variety of different rulings will occur, which can negatively affect plaintiffs in the long run.

What companies are facing MDL for IVC filters?

There are two major IVC filter producing companies that are currently facing MDL because of filters that were defective and caused serious – and sometimes deadly – injury to patients.

One of those companies is Cook Medical, which has nearly 1,600 claims filed against it in the Indiana federal court. The lawsuits allege that the Cook Celect IVC Filter was sold to patients even as its potential to break apart and damage internal organs and veins was known by the company. While a number of these cases have been recommended for settlement, if the settlements do not occur, the bellwether cases will begin later this year.

Another IVC filter manufacturer facing litigation is Bard for a number of its products including the G2 IVC filter, Recovery IVC filter, Denali, Eclipse, and several others. Individuals who have had these medical devices installed have dealt with heart or lung perforation, internal bleeding, hemorrhaging, punctured vena cava veins, chest pains, shortness of breath, and other serious medical issues.

The presiding judge is looking to narrow down the bellwether trials to about six cases and hopes to begin litigation in late 2017.

Let the experienced national litigation team of Hotze Runkle help you take action if you or loved one has been injured by an IVC filter.

Hotze Runkle law firm is committed to helping those have been harmed by others find the justice they deserve. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us immediately.

If you or a loved one has suffered physical, emotional, and financial complications due to the implantation or retrieval of an IVC Filter, we are here are to help. Contact us today at (877) 919-0830.

We can help you recover damages to cover medical expenses, lost earnings, earning capacity, physical and emotional pain, and more.


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