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Lawsuits are being filed alleging that Eliquis causes significant bleeding, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), and other serious side effects. Plaintiffs in these cases contend that Pfizer and Bristol-Meyers Squibb failed to adequately warn doctors and patients that there is no antidote to reverse the blood-thinning effects of Eliquis once bleeding begins.

Eliquis Practice Area Mass Tort

The blood-thinner medication Eliquis (generic: apixaban) has been linked to reports of severe, potentially irreversible bleeding events including bleeding in the brain, intestinal bleeding, kidney bleeding, deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and death.

Eliquis is used to prevent blood clots in the veins after a hip or knee replacement surgery. Most people who have these surgeries are less active for a period of weeks or even months while they recover. This can cause blood flow to slow down, which increases the risk of a blood clot. It may also be prescribed to prevent stroke and blood clots in patients with atrial fibrillation, or a-fib, which is a type of abnormal heart rhythm. With atrial fibrillation, part of the heart beats irregularly, which increases the risk of blood clots forming, leading to a stroke. Eliquis was developed by Bristol-Meyers Squibb and Pfizer Inc., and was first approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in December 2012.

What are serious side effects due to Eliquis?

Eliquis may cause internal bleeding that is serious, irreversible, and potentially fatal. Bleeding risks include:

  • Uncontrolled bleeding
  • Gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding
  • Hemorrhagic stroke (brain bleed)
  • Intracranial hemorrhage (bleeding in the skull)
  • Stroke
  • Blood clot
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Death

Signs of Internal Bleeding

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  • Discolored urine (blood in the urine)
  • Red or black-colored stool
  • Vomiting or coughing up blood
  • Frequent nose bleeds or gum bleeding
  • Weakness and swelling in the extremities
  • Other unusual bleeding

Eliquis Bleeding

Eliquis, like other newer generation oral anticoagulants (OACs) like Pradaxa and Xarelto, have been linked to an increased risk of uncontrolled bleeding (hemorrhaging). This is because the drug prevents stroke by inhibiting the blood clotting mechanism.  Warfarin, an older anticoagulant in use for over 50 years in the U.S., also prevents blood from clotting, but the drug’s effects can be reversed with a single dose of vitamin K. No such antidote exists with Eliquis, so once bleeding events begin in patients who use the drug, they are difficult if not impossible to stop.  In an August 2014 study published in the Journal of Neurosurgery, the authors concluded that “Despite their convenience, efficacy and lower (brain bleed) risk, a major limitation of the targeted OACs is that there is currently no specific antidote for any of the agents.”

Lawsuits are being filed alleging that Eliquis causes significant bleeding, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), and other serious side effects. Plaintiffs in these cases contend that Pfizer and Bristol-Meyers Squibb failed to adequately warn doctors and patients that there is no antidote to reverse the blood-thinning effects of Eliquis once bleeding begins. Complaints have also been filed on behalf of individuals who died due to complications from uncontrollable bleeding events, allegedly as a result of using Eliquis.  To date, no recall has been issued for Eliquis in the U.S., nor has the manufacturer updated warnings following reports of bleeding problems. Product liability lawsuits allege that the benefits of the drug do not justify the risks, and that Eliquis should be recalled until an antidote or reversal agent can be developed to stop internal bleeding events.

You may be eligible for an Eliquis lawsuit if:

  • You were prescribed Eliquis and took the medication as indicated;
  • You suffered serious, uncontrollable bleeding;
  • You experienced losses (medical bills, lost income, physical and mental pain and suffering, etc.) as a result of Eliquis bleeding.
  • The family members of Eliquis users who died from a bleeding event may also be eligible for a lawsuit.

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