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What is Xeljanz?

Xeljanz (tofacitinib) is an oral prescription medication called a Janus kinase inhibitor used to treat:

  • Adults with moderately to severely active rheumatoid arthritis in whom methotrexate did not work well or cannot be tolerated.
  • Adults with active psoriatic arthritis in which methotrexate or other similar medicines called nonbiologic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) did not work well or cannot be tolerated.
  • Adults with moderately to severely active ulcerative colitis when medicines called tumor necrosis factor (TNF) blockers did not work well or cannot be tolerated.

In 2019, the FDA released a safety alert about an increased risk of blood clots and death. If you or a loved one, have suffered any personal injuries after taking Xeljanz or Xeljanz XR, you may be eligible to file a Xeljanz lawsuit.

Xeljanz; tofacitinib; arthritis medication; ulcerative colitis medication; Pfizer medication;


What is Xeljanz XR

Xeljanz XR is the “extended-release” version of the drug which delays the release of the medicine throughout the day. Xeljanz XR is solely for those who are taking the pill for rheumatoid arthritis and who do not have kidney or liver issues.


Xeljanz Injury and Risks

Xeljanz and Xeljanz XR have been linked to several different injuries, some more severe than others. Some of the more significant adverse effects of the medication are listed below. If you have suffered any injuries or worsened health conditions after taking the drug, seek medical attention and contact a Xeljanz lawyer.


Blood clots in the lungs have happened more often in patients with rheumatoid arthritis who are 50 years of age and older with at least one heart disease risk factor taking a higher than the recommended dose of Xeljanz/Xeljanz XR. Blood clots located in the lungs have also happened in patients with ulcerative colitis and some people have died from these clots.

Pulmonary embolisms are dangerous blood clots that travel to the lungs. Similar to blood clots in the lungs, pulmonary embolisms have happened more often in patients with rheumatoid arthritis who are at least 50 years old who have an increased cardiovascular risk factor, and are taking a higher than the recommended dose.

Liver damage has been linked as a side effect to Xeljanz through multiple clinical studies. Research is providing insight into the risks of elevated liver enzyme levels and the development of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

Xeljanz/Xeljanz XR may increase your risk of certain cancer by changing the way your immune system works. People who are taking the higher doses of Xeljanz (10 mg twice daily) or Xeljanz XR (22 mg once per day) have a higher risk of skin cancers. The post-marketing FDA-mandated clinical trial’s initial results display an increase in occurrences of cancer in rheumatoid arthritis patients treated with both doses of Xeljanz compared to patients treated with a TNF inhibitor.

Xeljanz Cancer Risks

Xeljanz has not been strictly associated with one type of cancer but has been linked to numerous different types, including:

  • Lung Cancer
  • Breast Cancer
  • Lymphoma
  • Gastric Cancer
  • Melanoma
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Pancreatic Cancer


Xeljanz Black-Box Warning

Recently, the FDA approved the highest level “black box” warning to be included on the packaging of Xeljanz and Xeljanz XR that will highlight an increased risk of blood clots and death. The warning comes after the FDA’s review of preliminary results from ongoing safety trials.


Xeljanz Lawsuit

If you or a loved one were prescribed Xeljanz or Xeljanz XR and suffered any injuries or damages, you may be entitled to financial compensation through a Xeljanz lawsuit. Throughout the country, Pfizer Inc. is being hit with lawsuits regarding its deceptive marketing and faulty design of the arthritis medication.

Recent Xeljanz lawsuits have alleged that Pfizer Inc., the manufacturer of Xeljanz/Xeljanz XR, failed to report significant adverse events related to Xeljanz to the FDA and excluded data from clinical trials display better results. They argue that Pfizer Inc. should be held accountable for its failure to warn users by covering the costs of injuries that occurred due to its negligence. Xeljanz lawsuits also aim to pin blame on Pfizer for the design of the defective product, making the manufacturer liable for injuries caused by the design.


Do I Qualify for a Xeljanz Lawsuit?

Eligibility for personal injury lawsuits can be obtained through several different legal avenues. Reach out to an experienced Xeljanz lawyer to find out if you have a viable case. Your lawsuit eligibility may depend on the type and number of damages that you have incurred as a result of being prescribed Xeljanz or Xeljanz XR. If you have suffered any of the following damages, you may have the grounds to file a Xeljanz lawsuit. Talk to an experienced Xeljanz lawyer today to discuss your legal options.


Consumer Damages

Compensatory damages are meant to help the plaintiff make up the financial losses that occurred as a result of their injury that was caused by another party’s negligence. A full list of damages can be found on our website, but some of the more common damages that you can sue for in a Xeljanz lawsuit include but are not limited to:

Medical expenses are considered any costs related to your injury, including bills from doctors, hospitals, ambulances, rehabilitation, pharmaceutical costs, and more. The amount of compensation awarded is based on the receipts provided by the plaintiff.

Lost wages include the total expected loss of income you incur because you are unable to work due to the injury. People on unemployment can still sue for lost wages if they are able to prove that they could have been earning money during the recovery period.

Pain and suffering damages are self-explanatory. They are damages in which compensation is awarded for the actual pain and suffering caused by an injury. The amount of compensation largely depends on the severity and length of the injury.

Marriage life can be affected by a life-altering injury. The uninjured spouse can file a loss of consortium claim regarding the loss of affection, social skills, companionship, and more. The damages of these claims are based on both spouses’ prior life expectancies and their marriage stability prior to the incident.

Punitive damages, also called exemplary damages, often occur when a company has been negligent, and people are harmed as a result of that negligence. They are designed as a monetary way to penalize the defendant for their actions.

Filing a Xeljanz Cancer Lawsuit

The civil lawsuit process is lengthy and full of legal jargon that can be hard to understand without the help of an experienced legal attorney at your side. The first step in filing a Xeljanz cancer lawsuit is to find a personal injury attorney to represent you in court. Hiring a personal injury lawyer is not a decision that should be taken lightly. You should rest assured that your legal representative has extensive knowledge of the legal system as well as a successful history of lawsuits.

One of the most important steps in any personal injury lawsuit is being able to gather evidence to prove the liability of another party and the attempt you made to mitigate your injuries. You may be awarded a significantly higher amount of compensation if you can demonstrate that the injury was not your fault and that you made an effort to treat it to the best of your ability.


TorHoerman Law, Xeljanz Cancer Lawyers

At TorHoerman Law, our team of personal injury lawyers specializes in Xeljanz cancer lawsuits. We have won more than $4 billion in verdicts and negotiated settlements for our clients. TorHoerman Law operates on a contingency fee basis. Thus, you do not owe any payment until you have been appropriately compensated for your trouble. You should not have to struggle because of a company or a person’s negligence. Contact us today to find out how we can best serve you in your legal endeavors.



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