The blood-thinner Xarelto can cause uncontrolled bleeding, a dangerous side effect that is leading some users and family members to seek compensation through the court system. Internal bleeding can be fatal.
|Some injuries that lead patients and their families to file blood thinner lawsuits include:|
|Death caused by uncontrolled bleeding||Intestinal bleeding|
|Rectal bleeding||Brain hemorrhaging|
Some of the country’s top heart doctors are concerned about Xarelto’s safety. Approved in 2011, Xarelto (rivaroxaban) is one of the newest blood thinners on the market and is manufactured by Bayer and marketed by Johnson & Johnson’s subsidiary, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, in the United States.
Hundreds of deaths and thousands of serious bleeding events have been linked to a similar blood thinner, Pradaxa. So far, there have been thousands of Pradaxa lawsuits filed by victims and their families. If you or someone you love has taken Xarelto and suffered from severe side effects, you may consider filing a Xarelto lawsuit to receive compensation.
Xarelto may already be on the same dangerous path that Pradaxa has taken. In 2012, a number of deaths and serious bleeding events were attributed to Xarelto.
In addition, while it is supposed to prevent blood clots, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has already received reports of dangerous blood clots in people taking the drug.
The Institute for Safe Medication Practices revealed that blood thinners – including Xarelto – were the most dangerous drugs with the highest number of serious side effects reported to the FDA. Thousands of prescriptions were written for Xarelto since it was released, and many patients and doctors are concerned that this medication may cause the same serious bleeding risks as Pradaxa. Like Pradaxa, Xarelto has no known antidote, and there is no effective way of stopping the hemorrhaging that can be caused by Xarelto. These side effects are what cause people to sue the makers of these drugs.
Because of the large number of lawsuits filed, these types of cases are usually consolidated into multidistrict litigation (MDL). An MDL helps simplify the process because a number of cases can be handled by the same experienced judge and in the same court. People whose lawsuits become a part of an MDL keep their own lawyers, and their suits are still handled as individual cases.
People who filed lawsuits against the manufacturers of other blood thinners, like Pradaxa, accused the companies of failing to warn patients and doctors of the dangerous bleeding side effects. They also accused the companies of producing a defective product because the company released the drug without an antidote. A number of people have died because doctors could not reverse the bleeding.