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XELJANZ INJURY & DEATH WARNING

Breaking news from the FDA reveals that Xeljanz or Xeljanz XR users have an increased risk of developing blood clots in the lungs or death. Xeljanz/Xeljanz XR have recently been found to increase patients' risk of pulmonary embolism and death, affirmed by both the FDA and EMA. 

If you or a loved one has taken Xeljanz/Xeljanz XR and have experienced adverse side effects, contact us today: you may be entitled to compensation at no additional hassle to you!

Xeljanzj/Xeljanz XR Lawsuits

What Went Wrong?

In a postmarketing study, researchers discovered the popular rheumatoid arthritis drug increased risk of blood clots in the lungs. These blood clots in the lungs could potentially lead to a pulmonary embolism or death for Xeljanz users

According to the study, patients taking 10mg of Xeljanz twice daily for rheumatoid arthritis were at a significantly increased risk of developing blood clots and dying than users taking the same dose for ulcerative colitis. This mandatory ongoing safety trial is used to determine the safety of taking increased doses of Xeljanz. On February 25, 2019, the FDA alerted the public about the results of the required safety clinical trial, verifying Xeljanz manufacturer Pfizer Pharmaceutical Company’s results.

Pfizer announced on February 19, 2019 the devastating results of the safety trial, and assures that patients involved in the safety trial were placed back on the 5mg dosage of Xeljanz. This occurred after the FDA issued their February 25 safety issue. Along with discovering the increased risk of blood clots in the lungs and death, the clinical trial revealed that patients taking Xeljanz were also at an increased risk for serious infections.

What is Xeljanz/Xeljanz XR?

Xeljanz (tofacitinib) was approved by the FDA in 2012 to treat rheumatoid arthritis in adults. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), an autoimmune disorder that causes inflammation of the joints, impacts about 1% of the population. People struggling with RA experience pain, swelling, and loss of joint function. Typically tofacitinib is prescribed to patients with RA who do not react well to methotrexate, an alternate medicine used to treat rheumatoid arthritis. 

Xeljanz treats rheumatoid arthritis by blocking the activity of specific enzymes in the body that impact immune system function. The FDA approved Xeljanz and Xeljanz XR for treating active psoriatic arthritis (PsA) in December 2017. That approval expanded May 2018 to include using Xeljanz and Xeljanz XR to treat moderate to severe active ulcerative colitis, as well.

Xeljanz User Warning

Patients experiencing the following symptoms from taking tofacitinib should seek medical attention immediately:
Blood clot in the lungs
Chest pain or pain in your back
Coughing up blood
Excessive sweating
Sudden shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Clammy or bluish colored skin.

Next Steps

Pfizer advises if you develop an infection while taking Xeljanz, your treatment should be halted until the infection is under control.

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) backed up the FDA’s findings, as well, in their press release on March 20. Like the FDA, the EMA warned Earuopean healthcare professionals to not go over the recommended dose of Xeljanz due to increased risk of blood clots in the lungs. 

Though Pfizer and the FDA announced that they plan on reassessing Xeljanz dosage levels and infection warnings presented in the clinical trial, thousands could be impacted by the misinformed prescription information.

Xeljanz-Caused Infections 

Tuberculosis
Invasive fungal infections
Bacterial and viral infection that resulted in hospitalizations and deaths. 

Xeljanz Users: Act NOW

If you or someone you care about has been injured while taking Xeljanz, you may be entitled to legal compensation through a defective product lawsuit: contact us now!

Victims of Xeljanz complications may be compensated for medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, and much more! Xeljanz users across the country are filing lawsuits against Xeljanz's manufacturer, and many have been compensated in the millions of dollars. 

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