Xeljanz and Blood Clot and Cancer Risk – What You MUST Know
Rheumatoid arthritis is a connective tissue disease thought to be caused by an overactive immune system. This causes the cartilage that cushions bones and prevents them from grinding up against each other to deteriorate over time, leading to not only excruciating pain for the patient, but also the disfigurement of joints and bones over time. Rheumatoid arthritis is said to have no cure, and it affects more women than men, suggesting a hormonal component. Individuals living with rheumatoid arthritis may become functionally disabled, making it difficult for them to do normal chores and even hold down a job, which may mean a life of receiving disability benefits and the lack of a social life. If your parent or their parent had rheumatoid arthritis, chances are that you will also suffer from it, showing that heredity may play a part in its development. Even though there is no cure for RA as it is commonly known, certain medications can slow down the progression of the condition by tamping down the immune system in order to prevent flare-ups. These medications target certain cells in the immune system, silencing them so as to prevent the immune system from systematically attacking healthy joints. When taken diligently, these medications may stop further joint damage and even encourage the growth of new cartilage tissue over time, giving the sufferer their life back. One such drug is called Xeljanz which is a Janus kinase inhibitor which lowers the action of certain cells called cytokines in order to alleviate the ravages and onslaught of rheumatoid arthritis. Despite its efficacy, Xeljanz has been shown to increase the likelihood for the user to develop blood clots and cancer, something that the manufacturers of the drug were aware of but failed to inform the public, opening them up to litigation via drug injury law.
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Xeljanz and Xeljanz XR are prescribed in the treatment of the following conditions:
- Ulcerative colitis
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Psoriatic arthritis
Common side-effects associated with Xeljanz use include:
- Sore throat
- Sinus problems
- High blood pressure
- Neutropenia or very low white blood cell count
Xeljanz has also been associated with the following types of cancers
- Lung cancer
- Skin cancer
- Gastric cancer
- Colon cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Prostate cancer
For some unknown reason, suppressing the immune system makes it more likely for individuals to develop blood clots, some of which may be insidious until it is too late.
The most common forms of blood clots associated with Xeljanz use include:
- Pulmonary thrombosis
- Ischemic stroke
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Transient ischemic attack
- Cerebrovascular accident
- Arterial thrombosis
In fact, a Pfizer study which ran over 5 years showed that individuals taking 10mgs of Xeljanz were up to FIVE TIMES more likely to get a blood clot in their lungs, or pulmonary embolism than those taking TNF blockers.
Xeljanz FDA Black Box Warning
In 2019, the FDA released information that it would require Xeljanz to have a black box warning in order to let the general public know about the likelihood of suffering potentially fatal complications while on Xeljanz. Specifically, it stated that those over 50 as well as individuals with ulcerative colitis were more likely to suffer blood clots, heart attacks leading to death as well as an increased risk of cancer for people on Xeljanz. The black box warning was revised in September 2021 to add the cancer risk.
Suing For Xeljanz Complications – Blood Clots and Cancer
The legal grounds for a Xeljanz lawsuit are multifaceted: for starters, it appears that the drug was defectively designed. This is because the chemical structure of the drug is the proximate cause of the catastrophic side-effects suffered by patients. It can be legally argued that Pfizer was negligent when it was producing and coming up with Xeljanz in a lab setting. That is to say, had they taken the necessary precautions and exercised some form of reasonableness during its manufacturing, they would have been able to see that the drug could potentially cause blood clots and cancer, thereby stopping its production and looking for safe alternatives. In addition, the drug company’s failure to warn both the general public and health practitioners about the risks attached to the use of Xeljanz exposed them to unneeded risk and harm to their health.
Experienced Xeljanz Class Action Lawsuit Attorneys – Call Us NOW!
Both these two points of reasoning may be the central cause for filing a Xeljanz class action lawsuit in order to recover money damages. By filing a Xeljanz class action lawsuit, you may be entitled to compensatory damages such as pain and suffering, past and future medical expenses, loss of income earning capacity, lost wages, legal fees and so much more. If you took Xeljanz and then went on to suffer blood clots or cancer, you may be eligible for substantial financial compensation. Please call us NOW at (773) 825-3547 to learn more. Thanks, and we look forward to helping you.