Janssen, Bayer Lose Preemption Bids As Xarelto Trial Nears

By Cara Salvatore (April 13, 2017, 8:52 PM EDT) -- Days before a first bellwether trial begins in multidistrict litigation over the alleged dangers of blood thinner Xarelto, a Louisiana federal judge on Wednesday refused to drop some claims against Bayer AG and Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc., saying they can't necessarily blame U.S. Food and Drug Administration red tape for their lack of label updates or for any noncompliance with Louisiana law.

U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon denied two motions for partial summary judgment, both filed on Jan. 20, that cited federal preemption as a defense to claims over alleged Xarelto misdosing and a label with allegedly inadequate warnings. Patients in the...

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