BELLEVILLE – A Texas resident is suing two drug companies for alleged injuries related to his Xarelto prescription.
Michael Vega filed the suit Feb. 11 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Janssen Research & Development LLC, Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals Inc., and several other listed defendants, alleging negligence, strict product liability, intentional infliction of emotional distress, breach of implied warranty and fraud.
According to the complaint, Vega alleges he suffered personal injuries and economic damages after taking Xarelto. The lawsuit alleges the drug is defectively designed, inadequately tested, dangerous to human health and lacked proper warnings about its dangers.
Further, the plaintiff claims the defendants negligently and carelessly misrepresented the usefulness, quality and safety of the drug to the plaintiff, the plaintiff's physicians, hospitals and medical providers, the suit states.
As a result, the plaintiff claims he will suffer emotional distress and anxiety from the fear of knowing there is a likelihood of serious adverse effects and complications of using the drug, such as life-threatening bleeds. He further has been damaged by the defendants' misrepresentation of the quality of Xarelto, the suit says.
Vega seeks judgment for all 90 counts for more than $50,000, plus costs and attorney fees, and other relief the court deems just and proper. He is represented by attorneys John J. Driscoll, Christopher J. Quinn and Andrew D. Kinghorn of The Driscoll Firm PC in St. Louis.
St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 16-L-91