A federal judge overseeing 7,200 Xarelto lawsuits has picked a case involving a man who experienced severe gastrointestinal bleeding for the first “bellwether” trial in February. According to a Reuters news report, the lawsuit was filed in 2014 by a man who said he used Xarelto for less than a month before he began bleeding internally. He was hospitalized and received several blood transfusions. The lawsuit is scheduled to go to trial in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. As these cases move forward, it is expected there will be an increase in the number of Xarelto lawsuits.
Why is Xarelto Dangerous?
Doctors prescribe Xarelto to patients to reduce the risk of blood clots that may cause strokes. It is popular because it does not require patients to get frequent blood tests to monitor dosage like other blood-thinning drugs. However, Xarelto is more dangerous than other blood thinners because it does not have an antidote or reversal agent to stop internal bleeding once it has started. Other blood-thinning medications, such as warfarin, may also cause bleeding, but vitamin K serves as an antidote to stop the bleeding. Because Xarelto is designed to prevent clotting, even a minor cut or injury could prove to be dangerous. It can take as long as 24 hours for the drug to be flushed out of the system. In fact, seniors have a more difficult time flushing the drug, which puts them at a heightened risk for potentially fatal bleeds.
The judge of the above lawsuit also picked three more Xarelto lawsuits including one filed by the husband of a woman who used Xarelto for about a month before she died from bleeding in the brain. Another trial will involve a woman who was injured by gastrointestinal bleeding after taking Xarelto to treat blood clots. The third case involves a man who died from gastrointestinal bleeding after taking the drug for atrial fibrillation.
What is the FDA Doing?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued Xarelto is most severe warning label for the danger of internal bleeding. The FDA further warns that patients are at greater risk for spinal bleeds if they use epidural catheters, use other drugs such as NSAIDs or platelet inhibitors that can affect blood coagulation or have had a history of spinal trauma or spinal surgery. Those who are taking Xarelto are also cautioned against undergoing spinal procedures because they are more at risk for uncontrollable bleeding.
Contact a Xarelto Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of taking the blood-thinning drug Xarelto, you may be able to receive compensation for your medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering, among other losses. Our firm is working with experienced Xarelto lawyers, who are investigating these cases. They may be able to file a Xarelto lawsuit for you, and they charge no fee unless you win and award or settlement. For a free (no obligation) case evaluation, call our toll free number at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out a contact form online.