How Does Eliquis Work?
Eliquis works by preventing your blood from clotting as quickly or as effectively as normal. It does this by blocking a substance in the blood, called ‘factor Xa’, which is involved in the development of blood clots.
What is it Prescribed for?
Eliquis is prescribed to treat blood clots causing deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE). The drug may also be used to help protect against recurrent blood clots, or to patients with a certain type of irregular fast heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation (a-fib).
What’s the Problem with Eliquis?
Eliquis has been linked to serious internal bleeding complications that may be fatal. Additionally, the drug lacks an antidote, which could lead to severe bleeding in an emergency.
Which Side Effects has Eliquis Been Linked to?
- Uncontrolled bleeding
- Gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding
- Hemorrhagic stroke (brain bleed)
- Intracranial hemorrhage (bleeding in the skull)
- Kidney bleeding
- Rectal bleeding
- Blood clot
- Deep vein thrombosis
- And more
Is an Antidote Being Developed?
There is currently no known antidote that can stop bleeding in patients treated with Eliquis. However, Portola Pharmaceuticals is currently in the last stages of developing Andexanet alfa, a drug that could serve as an antidote for Eliquis and other Xa factor inhibitors. Andexanet alfa is currently under review by the FDA.
What are Eliquis Lawsuits Alleging?
Eliquis lawsuits are alleging that Pfizer and Bristol-Myers Squibb:
- Fraudulently conducted a clinical trial to conceal side effects of Eliquis.
- Failed to adequately warn the public and medical community about the risks associated with a blood-thinner medication that has no antidote.
- Misrepresented the drug’s safety in direct-to-consumer marketing campaigns.
- Were negligent in their design, research, manufacturing and marketing of Eliquis.
Has a Class Action Been Filed?
To date, no class action lawsuit has been filed over injuries alleged from Eliquis, and it is unlikely that any such action will be entered in the future. Our lawyers are currently only accepting potential individual lawsuits for patients who suffered the most serious injuries from Eliquis. At some point these cases may be consolidated into a multidistrict litigation (MDL) for pretrial handling in a single jurisdiction. MDLs are often used in complex pharmaceutical litigation to improve efficiency and lower court and legal fees.
What Damages Could I be Awarded?
If you were injured by the side effects of Eliquis, and our lawyers determine that you have a valid claim, you could be entitled to compensation to assist with medical expenses, emotional distress, pain and suffering, lost wages and other economic damages.