Xarelto lawsuits are alleging that the manufacturer failed to warn about dangerous Xarelto side effects, including bloods clots, bleeding and even a stroke. Our law firm is currently working with experienced Xarelto lawyers across the country, who can file a claim on your behalf. There are no legal fees until you receive a settlement or award. Feel free to contact us online or call us toll-free at 1-800-992-6878 for a free (no obligation) case evaluation.
Have You Suffered a Serious Side Effect After Taking Xarelto?
Read Below Why You May Have a Claim.
Recent News: (May, 2016) – Johnson & Johnson continues to exhibit notable sales although the amount of Xarelto lawsuits continue to grow over 5,000 individual cases.
What is Xarelto?
Xarelto (rivaroxaban) is a prescription blood thinner created by Janssen Pharmaceuticals that was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2011. This medication is an anticoagulant which means it prevents blood from clotting. These types of medicines are often used to prevent or treat deep vein thrombosis, atrial fibrillation, pulmonary embolism, stroke, and other conditions.
What Are The Medical Studies About Xarelto?
The FDA has received a number of adverse event reports regarding Xarelto and medical studies have examined the safety of this drug:
- New England Journal of Medicine (2011): Published the ROCKET-AF study, which compared Xarelto to Warfarin in patients suffering from atrial fibrillation. This was the biggest clinical trial of this medication and it compared the effects of Xarelto to the effects of a similar drug known as Warfarin in over 14,000 patients. The study concluded that “there was not significant between-group difference in the risk of major bleeding.”
- Archives of Internal Medicine (2012): The study discussed the risk of uncontrollable bleeding outweighing the benefits for several different blood thinners including Xarelto. The researchers in this study found that there was a tripled risk of bleeding among the patients, who were given the drug, and no improvement in overall survival rates.
- Institute for Safe Medication Practices (2012): Issued a report based on FDA data from the first quarter of 2012. During this period, the FDA received 356 adverse event reports of Xarelto side effects including “serious, disabling, or fatal injury.” Additionally, 158 reports indicated blood clots were the serious side effect.
- New England Journal of Medicine (2013): Published the results of the MAGELLAN study, which found that Xarelto may carry an increased risk of bleeding.
- Medscape (2013): Xarelto is associated with a higher risk of bleeding in certain patients. It caused a nearly 3-fold increase of the risk of bleeding in “acutely ill patients” and 4-fold increased risk of major bleeding in patients that had “Acute Coronary Syndrome” (ACS).
What Did The FDA Do About Xarelto?
- In July, 2011, the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) initially approved the medicine for sale on the market for a limited group of people. This included people who had knee or hip replacement surgery because they were considered to be at a higher risk of blood clotting. Read the FDA News Release here.
- In November, 2011, Xarelto was approved for a larger group of people, including people with an abnormal heart rhythm, and was used to prevent stroke. Read further.
- In June, 2012, an FDA advisory panel voted against approving this medicine for the treatment of acute coronary syndrome.
- In November, 2012, Xarelto was later approved for general treatment of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) after a fast track regulatory review by the FDA. Read more.
- October 22, 2014, the FDA issued a recall for approximately 13,500 bottles of Xarelto after receiving a customer complaint about contamination in a sales sample.
- June 7, 2016, an Alabama man filed a lawsuit alleging that taking Xarelto contributed to his uncontrollable bleeding.
What Are Xarelto Side Effects?
The most dangerous Xarelto side effect is uncontrollable bleeding. Blood thinning drugs have also been associated with bleeding complications. Other side effects include:
- Blood clots
- Gastrointestinal bleeding
- Spinal bleeding
- Intracranial bleeding
- Epidural bleeding
- Cerebral bleeding
- Difficulty breathing
Timeline of Xarelto Lawsuits and Events:
- May 7, 2014 – A Xarelto lawsuit was filed against Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Bayer. The wrongful death suit alleged that that unlike other blood thinners, Xarelto doesn’t have a cure to stop uncontrollable bleeding in emergency situations.
- June 17, 2014 – Bayer announced that a number of Xarelto lawsuits have been filed alleging that the blood thinning drug has been linked to numerous severe bleeding events and deaths.
- June 26, 2014 – Another Xarelto lawsuit filed against Janssen Pharmaceuticals by the wife of a man, who bled to death after taking the medication. He had begun to take the blood thinner in January 2012 to treat atrial fibrillation.
- July 29, 2014 – A Vermont woman filed a wrongful death suit against Janssen, alleging that Janssen concealed the safety risks and failed to properly test it before marketing it to the public. The woman’s husband was taking the blood thinner for about a month when he developed bleeding in the brain which ultimately contributed to his death.
- August 12, 2014 – Another Xarelto lawsuit was filed in federal court in New York by a woman from Texas who developed severe bleeding after taking the medication for just five months.
- August 21, 2014 – An additional lawsuit was filed against Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Bayer alleging that Xarelto caused a 92 year-old man to bleed to death last year.
- December 5, 2014 – There are 50 Xarelto lawsuits pending in 15 district courts. Bayer AG and Johnson & Johnson oppose efforts to centralize the growing litigation.
- January 12, 2015 – An antidote may have been discovered by Portola Pharmaceuticals for Xarelto. A late-stage clinical trial of the intravenous medication, andexanet alfa, met its goal of “immediately and significantly” reversing Xarelto.
- February 17, 2015 – Twelve attorneys have been appointed by the federal judge overseeing the Xarelto lawsuits.
- May, 2015 – 400 lawsuits have been transferred to the MDL in Louisiana and another 100 to Philadelphia.
Why Contact Us?
If you or a loved one has suffered from serious side effects from Xarelto, you should talk to an experienced lawyer about your legal options. You may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, or other losses. We are working with some of the more experienced Xarelto Lawyers, who handle these cases. There is no legal fee unless you receive a settlement or award. Feel free to call us toll-free at 1-800-992-6878 or submit a contact form online for a free (no obligation) case evaluation.