Celebrex and Bextra Class Action Settlement Paid

Bextra is off the market

Celebrex is still sold with warnings


Celebrex, Vioxx and Bextra were similar class popular anti inflammatory prescription drugs until late in 2004. Vioxx was recalled by the manufacturer Merck over 10 years ago with the Bextra recall soon after. The prescription drug Celebrex is still sold and used by people today but with strong risk warnings. Both Bextra and Celebrex are products of the drug company Pfizer and are both included in the same class action.

Class action claims related to all three of these prescription drugs have settled. The deadline for submitting claims for settlement of the class action in Canada for Pfizer’s drugs Celebrex and Bextra was December 22, 2012. We continue to hear from potential new clients in regard to Celebrex but we can not do anything for people who did not have claims submitted by the deadline.  We are acting for some claimants for Celebrex and Bextra, although most of our clients with similar claims relate to the drug Vioxx manufactured by Merck.  All 3 of these drugs are Cox-2 inhibitors which are a specific form of non steroidal anti inflammatory drug which is believed to have the effect of increasing the risk of users to have heart attacks or strokes.

We submitted claims on behalf of our Bextra and Celebrex clients.  We understand that there have been 209 approved claims.  All claims have been “assessed” but no claims have been paid to date.  Since the deadline has passed for further claims we have received claim assessments for all of our clients. The assessments we have on Bextra are good and our clients are pleased with them.  Actual payments will be 34.76746% of the assessed amount  or just over 40% for claims given the maximum assessment.  Letters from the class action administrator are expected for each claim saying how much will be paid and confirming information for purposes of payment.  Funds were received by our office on March 12, 2015. The individual payments had to be approved by the court in Quebec for Quebec and in Ontario for the rest of Canada before they could be made.

For the Vioxx claims following finalization of the settlement approval which allowed claims to be filed until August 2013 there are an estimated 1200 Vioxx claims that were submitted.  Our firm represents a substantial number of the people with Vioxx claims.  The Vioxx recall received considerable publicity with many Vioxx users being switched to Celebrex after. The Vioxx claims was fought hard by Merck and had a much higher profile than the case related to Celebrex and Bextra.  Pfizer has been far more co-operative in dealing with claims and a settlement in Canada was reached about a year earlier with more generous terms to the settlement.  The amount paid out on all claims is just under $5,000,000 to be divided between all approved claims proportionately.  Claims were paid out at less than 35% of the full assessment and just over 40% for the claims assessed at the $100,000 maximum.   Additional to this 170 of the claims have been approved for payment of expenses related to the cost of medical records needed to prove the claims.  The additional amounts as well will be paid out at the same percentage of the total amount.  For example if medical records cost $100 the expense will be partially repaid as $34.76.  There is also some reimbursement for the cost of the medication.

The Bextra Celebrex status of slow processing of claims is a definite indicator that it may be some time before Vioxx claims are actually paid.  The Celebrex and Bextra claims will be paid very soon. We are now thinking we will not see any payments on Vioxx until late 2015 or later.   Payment of Vioxx claims will not take place until all of the claims have been assessed.  Payment is then made “pro-rata” based on a division of the total funds available for the settlement.  Fortunately it is expected that there will be interim payments on Vioxx which there are not on Bextra and Celebrex.

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29 Responses to Celebrex and Bextra Class Action Settlement Paid

  1. Clair February 7, 2013 at 10:27 AM #

    Could you translate into an expected guess what “some time before Vioxx claims are actually paid” really means? One month one year, two years or more.

    • admin February 7, 2013 at 12:53 PM #

      We are still hoping to see claims start getting paid by the end of this calendar year. Current expectations from the class action lawyers are that people can begin to submit claims in April 2013. There will be 4 months open for claims to be submitted and then they will be assessed after August. If that happens it is likely that payments will be made next Winter.

  2. Herb April 20, 2013 at 8:38 AM #

    I was just reading your article about the low number of claims (200) from Celebrex and Bextra users and wanted to mention that I’m one of the likely many people out there that had a TIA while on Bextra and life just went on after. I just dealt with paying a lot more for my business life insurance and the paranoia and fear surrounding the incident. I’m just glad my TIA could be – at least in theory – attributed to something specific and that I’m fine since I’ve been off COX 2 inhibitors. Sincerely, “the silent majority”

  3. Ann May 10, 2013 at 4:06 PM #

    I am awaiting payment under the Bextra Celebrex settlement. I had a heart attack and as with the previous poster pay high travel insurance premiums and worry about my future health. I was told Collectiva is reviewing 3000 claims and not all Notices of Determination have been mailed. There was no indication of claims being paid any time soon. Just wondering if you have any further information. Would like to receive this payment during my lifetime!!

    • admin May 23, 2013 at 2:23 PM #

      We are told there are 300 not 3000 claims for Celebrex and Bextra combined. We have had assessments for most of our clients but not seen any payments yet. We have heard very little lately and the assessments we got back were clear cases that were assessed months ago. Hopefully the Vioxx assessment of claims will be quicker but there will be more claims filed so it may be slower.

  4. jim pendergast June 6, 2013 at 3:18 PM #

    i too am awaiting feedback/confirmation back from celebrex/bextra claim, I had an MI and took both and sent everything in to collectiva and it has been passed on.

  5. Ann June 11, 2013 at 1:00 PM #

    Have you received any payments for your clients on the Celebrex settlement yet? I received approval for my claim in February.

    • Jim Pendergast June 11, 2013 at 2:14 PM #

      I have not received approval for my claim yet

    • admin June 14, 2013 at 3:18 PM #

      We have not received any recent approvals or other responses to outstanding claims and no payment has been received on any claim yet.

      • Ann July 17, 2013 at 2:34 PM #

        For your information, I called Collectiva on July 15th and they are still submitting appeals to the Judge for determination. No monies will be paid until all appeals have been reviewed by the Judge and a Decision rendered. There was no indication of how many claims are being appealed. I heard the word “year” which is very frustrating.

        • admin July 18, 2013 at 8:20 AM #

          Thanks Ann for that information. Not only are there appeals to be heard but some Celebrex and Bextra claims still are not assessed yet and more appeals after that are possible too. Nobody will be paid anything until all claims are fully determined. We will have to keep waiting for quite a while.

          • Jenny October 17, 2013 at 3:00 PM #

            any update since July? My husband’s claim was approved back in March – what do you think is the likelihood we will see anything before end of year?

  6. Corrina June 27, 2013 at 5:09 PM #

    I am happy that those of you have taken the meds have survived, unfortunately my dad wasn’t lucky that way, truly the silent minority. I hope this gets paid out soon, doesn’t replace his life but definitely deserved to his estate.

  7. Ann October 21, 2013 at 3:33 PM #

    I followed up with Collectiva in early October. Matters are still before the Courts and payments are not expected before the end of this year.

    • admin October 21, 2013 at 9:39 PM #

      Thank you Ann. No surprise there. We still have claims with no assessment made yet.

  8. Rebecca January 16, 2014 at 6:46 PM #

    Any new developments? The last notice that I received was to expect the settlement in “late spring 2013″!

    • admin January 20, 2014 at 8:59 AM #

      We believe we are close to payment of the Celebrex and Bextra claims and it could happen at any time. All of our clients’ claims have been assessed so we do know the amounts that will be paid. We will post an update when the first funds are received.

      • Ann January 20, 2014 at 12:45 PM #

        Good News! Do you know if the claims are being paid in full. Was there sufficient funds to cover all claims?

  9. Jenny January 21, 2014 at 1:03 PM #

    What is the process for payment – will there be more forms to fill out, or will they simply mail a cheque?

  10. Jenn February 19, 2014 at 4:07 PM #

    My husband just spoke with someone at Collectiva. there is one last batch of 20 appeals that are with the judge now for ruling. Once those results are in, payments will be made.

  11. jim February 19, 2014 at 7:38 PM #

    I was denied (in French!) and it took 2 months to get it changed to English (just saying I did not qualify), now waiting my appeal (I meet every criteria).

  12. Richard D Lalonde March 7, 2014 at 2:18 PM #

    Is there any Bextra update to post yet ?

  13. Wayne Herrod March 10, 2014 at 2:51 PM #

    have you any up dates?

  14. Richard D March 24, 2014 at 11:12 PM #

    How close are we now???

  15. Ann April 3, 2014 at 3:19 PM #

    Any new developments in this settlement? Do you know what Court is reviewing disputed assessments? It seems to be taking an extreme amount of time to review the number of appeals.

  16. Ann April 7, 2014 at 1:58 PM #

    For your info, I was told 26 appeals before the Judge as of Mar 31, 2014 and they were expecting an answer soon. Just wondered if the Judge’s ruling ends any further appeal?

  17. Wayne Herrod August 1, 2014 at 4:03 PM #

    Has anyone heard of when they might pay the settlement???

  18. Ann August 22, 2014 at 5:24 PM #

    Collectiva confirming contact info. Payments will be sent registered mail. A letter will be mailed before the cheque.

  19. Richard D Lalonde September 19, 2014 at 2:35 PM #

    Xmas is coming!

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