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. The most dangerous side effect for people taking Xarelto is uncontrollable bleeding – a risk shared by all blood thinners. Some of the country’s top heart doctors are concerned about Xarelto’s safety.
Hundreds of deaths and thousands of serious bleeding events have been linked to a similar blood thinner, Pradaxa. So far, there have been almost 200 Pradaxa lawsuits filed by victims and their families.
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. 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.
Why Should You File a Xarelto Lawsuit?
In most cases, people who suffer serious side effects from Xarelto incur medical debt from emergency visits to the hospital and the cost of ongoing care. Time spent recovering from side effects can also cause financial hardship because of lost wages and time away from work.
Loved ones who must care for someone who suffers from medical problems because of Xarelto may also suffer emotionally and financially. In the worst cases, family members must cope with the loss of a loved one and shoulder the burden of funeral expenses because of uncontrolled bleeding caused by this blood thinner.
In addition to holding Bayer and Janssen Pharmaceuticals accountable for releasing a dangerous drug, filing a Xarelto lawsuit may help lessen the financial and emotional burdens that come with serious medical problems.
Blood Thinner Lawsuits
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.
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
These lawsuits also accuse the defendant company of concealing important safety information and not testing the drug enough before it was put on the market. If you or a loved one has suffered from bleeding, blood clots or other side effects caused by Xarelto, you may be able to file a Xarelto lawsuit against Bayer and Janssen Pharmaceuticals. If you need help figuring out your legal options, our Patient Advocates can recommend experienced attorneys.