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Trio of Eliquis Blood Thinner Lawsuits Allege Defective Product

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New York, NYThree separate Eliquis side effects lawsuits each make similar claims: that Eliquis is unnecessarily dangerous and defective, and was rushed to market without an available antidote capable of reversing Eliquis anticoagulant bleedouts. The clinical trial used to approve apixaban (Eliquis), known as ARISTOTLE, was carried out in China and was sadly lacking, according to the plaintiffs.

Robert L. Tucci, Carmen P. Curio and James A. Devos said the drug makers misrepresented the risks of their Eliquis anticoagulant by hiding their knowledge of the treatment’s shortcomings. To that end, the plaintiffs allege the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Eliquis in 2012 based on the results of the ARISTOTLE clinical trial that was conducted by “incompetent and untrustworthy” parties in China where certain Eliquis side effects were hidden from the regulator.

The plaintiffs allege there was also a death involved in the clinical trial, together with the loss of trial participants available for follow-up, poor quality control, dispensing errors and falsified records.

Eliquis is one of a handful of new-age anticoagulants brought to market in recent years as a response to long-held demands for a blood thinner easier to use than Coumadin (warfarin), an effective anticoagulant for some fifty years that is nonetheless a challenge to manage based on the need for regular and stringent blood monitoring. Eliquis was brought to market amidst claims that apixaban was easier to use, without the requirement for the kind of stringent monitoring necessary for warfarin.

However, Eliquis was also brought to market without an effective reversing agent, a feature of Coumadin. The blood thinning properties of warfarin can be effectively reversed with an infusion of vitamin K. Eliquis, and others in its class, were brought to market without an available reversing agent in place.

“Upon information and belief, defendants concealed and failed to completely disclose their knowledge that Eliquis was associated with or could cause life-threatening bleeding in specific patient populations, and failed to fully identify and convey the risks of use of Eliquis at the same time as other blood-thinning agents, such as aspirin,” the complaint said.

The plaintiffs allege manufacturers Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. and Pfizer Inc. failed to disclose the lack of a reversing agent on the product label when Eliquis was brought to market and promoted with an aggressive marketing campaign.

“In the course of these direct-to-consumer advertisements, defendants overstated the efficacy of Eliquis with respect to preventing stroke and systemic embolism, failed to adequately disclose to patients that there is no drug, agent or means to reverse the anticoagulation effects of Eliquis, and that such irreversibility would have life-threatening and fatal consequences,” the filing claimed.

The Eliquis injury lawsuits are Robert L. Tucci v. Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. and Pfizer Inc., Carmen P. Curio v. Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. and Pfizer Inc., and James A. Devos v. Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. and Pfizer Inc., Case Nos. 154745/2017, 154740/2017 and 154694/2017, respectively, in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York.

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My husbands At one time was taking eliquis due to cost and Dr he way it may him feel he refused to take it any more I still have an unopened bottle of it he never took they placed him on warfarin and coumadin and plavix He was found deceased at work 3 days after he passed away in his semi truck in virginia we live in Texas the toilet would always be full of blood no matter what blood thinner he was taking he would did up call asleep he would cramp and forget things all these are poisonous why wiuks anybody have him on 2 different blood thinners 51st once warfarin and plavix over a year even when he passed away he was taking both Dr did nothing to test his blood protyme levels he just kept refilling them with out having my husband ever even come in he was only 50 years old he had a widow maker heart attack in Illinois where they put a coronary stent system in him I was in 73rd I had no idea what all they did to him of in not wrong I believe it has also been recalled from Boston scientific and Abbott labs he did t deserve this I lost everything my car my home my soulmate of 39 years somebody needs to Lau for what happened to him so much more to the story so .such my family is devastated I feel I am grievingmydelf slowly to death it is wrongnever to have any lab work to test his clotting kevelit is not right I have researches so much to I is what must have been done that never was my family needs someone to believe in is and help us he did not for in vain I will never stop til they all are held responsible including his employer where it all started they I we he was sick never called me or 911

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There ave been instances of situations in my recent history that are of question and I would certainly prefer to pursue these further! Aloha from Hawaii.

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after taking eliquis about 2 weeks i was hospitalized 2 times for stomach bleed

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