Xarelto Lawsuits

The blood-thinner Xarelto can cause uncontrolled bleeding, a dangerous side effect that leads some users and family members to seek compensation through the court system. Internal bleeding can be fatal.

Why File a Xarelto Lawsuit?

Approved in 2011, Xarelto (rivaroxaban) is one of the newest blood thinners on the market and is manufactured by Bayer and marketed in the U.S. by Johnson & Johnson’s subsidiary, Janssen Pharmaceuticals. The most dangerous side effect for people who take Xarelto is uncontrollable bleeding. The drug does not have an antidote, and in lawsuits filed by people who say they were injured by the drug, former Xarelto users say they were not warned sufficiently about the medication's risk.

Sometimes, filing a lawsuit is the only way to hold drug companies accountable for manufacturing dangerous drugs and to get compensation for financial loss and emotional injuries. Plaintiffs accuse Xarelto's makers of several counts of negligence and failure to warn.

Some of the reasons people file lawsuits, include:

  • Financial hardship caused by emergency visits, ongoing care, and lost wages.
  • Emotional distress from caring for loved ones suffering medical problems
  • The burden of funeral expenses because of uncontrolled bleeding caused by Xarelto.
  • Holding Bayer and Janssen Pharmaceuticals accountable for releasing a dangerous drug.

Xarelto Lawsuits and Related Injuries

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 wrongful death lawsuits also accuse the defendant of concealing important safety information and of not thoroughly testing the drug before it was put on the market. If you or a loved one 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, call or email our legal advocates.

Other Xarelto Complications

Did you take Xarelto and develop uncontrolled bleeding or another serious complication? Fill out our Free Case Review form to find out your possible legal options.

  • Internal Bleeding
  • Blood Clots
  • Embolism
  • Hemorrhaging

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    Xarelto and Uncontrolled Bleeding

    Thousands of serious adverse events, hundreds of which were bleeding events, have been linked to Xarelto. While blood thinners are dangerous in general, Xarelto topped the list released by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) as the most dangerous. The drug is also on its list of high-alert medications, meaning it has a "heightened risk of causing significant patient harm" when used in error.

    Deaths Attributed to Xarelto

    According to lawsuits, hundreds of patients died because of bleeding caused by the drug. In 2012, the FDA reported that three times more people died from adverse events while on Xarelto compared to warfarin.

    Dangerous Blood Clots

    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.

    Expert Discusses Why People Are Filing Xarelto Lawsuits

    People who take older blood thinners must have routine blood tests and make constant adjustments to their dosage. They’re also required to watch the foods they eat. This is part of the appeal of Xarelto: it is a one-size-fits-all medication.

    Unfortunately, that characteristic is precisely what makes Xarelto dangerous – and why the drug is now the target of thousands of legal claims, according to lawyer Ellen Relkin, a member of the plaintiff's steering committee overseeing litigation in Louisiana federal court. That is where a consolidated group of plaintiffs say Xarelto caused severe bleeds and other side effects.

    "[A] problem with the medication is it has what is called ‘a low therapeutic index.’ In other words, it can be safe at a certain point and dangerous within a very close range," Relkin told Drugwatch. "Someone can be 110 pounds or 200 pounds, old or young [and] with varying kidney functions and get the same dose and have a very different impact. Unlike the traditional blood thinner, Coumadin, where you have monitoring of the drug where the patient gets their blood checked periodically so the doctor can assess whether the levels are appropriate, you don’t do that with Xarelto."

    Xarelto, Wound Leakage and Infection

    Wound Leakage and Infection

    Another issue with Xarelto – though less-publicized than its bleeding complications – is its link to a greater occurrence of wound infections following surgery for hip or knee replacements. Relkin said the medication increases wound leakage and infection risk by more than 10 times. The complication often sends patients back in for more surgery.

    "There are safer, equally or more effective ways to prevent clots following a hip or knee arthroplasty that doctors find very satisfactory, aspirin, compression stockings and getting the patients up and walking," Relkin said, adding that a number of surgeons are prescribing alternative drugs because of the risk.

    Relkin said plaintiffs file claims against Johnson & Johnson and Bayer because warnings attached to Xarelto weren’t strong enough and that many patients didn’t know the drug had no antidote. J&J and Bayer promoted the medication’s benefits and minimized information about the risks.

    "It is our belief that the Xarelto warning did not sufficiently warn of the magnitude of the risk of the bleeding as well as the problems of it being this one-size-fits-all kind of crude treatment," Relkin said.

    Blood Thinner Lawsuits

    Dangers of Blood Thinners

    Multidistrict Litigation (MDL)

    There is no current class action related to Xarelto, but courts consolidated Xarleto cases into multidistrict litigation (MDL) in Louisiana and a mass-tort in Philadelphia. As of Oct. 15, 2015, the MDL contained 1,698 cases before Judge Eldon E. Fallon. An MDL simplifies the legal process. People whose lawsuits become a part of an MDL keep their own lawyers, and their suits are still handled as individual cases. The first trials are scheduled for Feb, 6, 2017.

    McGowan v. Janssen

    In 2014, Ruth McGowan filed a lawsuit on behalf of her deceased father, Thomas Dunkley. According to the complaint, Dunkley took Xarelto to reduce the risk of stroke. However, he suffered serious bleeding in his brain after taking the drug for about a month. The lawsuit accuses Janssen and Bayer of concealing safety risks and not properly testing the drug.

    Mutlidistrict Litigation on Xarelto
    No Warning about Bleeding

    Packard v. Janssen

    Nancy Packard sued Janssen and Bayer on behalf of her deceased husband, William. Her lawsuit alleges that William took Xarelto for six months for atrial fibrillation and shortly after, he suffered bleeding in his brain. Doctors tried to save him by drilling a hole in his skull to alleviate building pressure but were unable to stop the bleeding, and he ultimately died. Packard's complaint says the drug makers failed to warn about the lack of an antidote.

    Why You Need a Xarelto Lawyer

    Dealing with health problems caused by a bad drug is emotional and draining, and it affects the entire family. Mounting medical bills wreaks havoc on a family's finances. Stress, frustration and depression add up. In the case of Xarelto, some families have also had to deal with funeral expenses for lost loved ones. Sometimes filing a lawsuit is the only way to pay off medical bills – and to secure compensation for pain and suffering. Many patients also turn to the legal system to hold drug companies accountable and to send them a message.

    If you or a loved one took Xarelto and suffered severe bleeding, you may have legal options. Let Drugwatch help you find a qualified attorney. A capable Xarelto attorney can help you get financial assistance for medical bills and other incurred expenses. These attorneys are experienced in dealing with Big Pharma and understand what it takes to go up against drug companies in court.

    Vanessa Blanco

    Patient Advocate vblanco@drugwatch.com
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