Xarelto lawsuits are alleging that the manufacturer failed to warn about dangerous Xarelto side effects, including bloods clots, bleeding, and even 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 for a free (no obligation) case evaluation 24/7.
Have You Suffered a Serious Side Effect After Taking Xarelto?
Read Below Why You May Have a Claim.
What is Xarelto?
Xarelto (rivaroxaban) is manufactured by Bayer but marketed by Johnson and Johnson’s subsidiary; Janssen Pharmaceuticals. It is a prescription blood thinner and one of the first “direct Xa inhibitor” drugs taken orally. Its creators say that it is more convenient and safer than older blood thinners like Warfarin.
Unlike Warfarin, Xarelto does not require monthly monitoring for increased bleeding risk, allowing patients greater freedom by not requiring routine testing trips to the doctors. 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.
However, there is no way to reverse the anticoagulant effect of this blood thinner in the case of a major bleeding event like gastrointestinal bleeding, cerebral bleeding, or intracranial bleeding. An experienced Xarelto lawyer can answer all your questions about this drug.
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.
- Later that year, 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.
- 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.
Over 2 million people in the United States suffer from abnormal heart rhythm and other similar conditions that are treated with anticoagulants. These people are likely to purchase a drug like Xarelto to help control their disease. This means very successful sales for the manufacturer of the blood thinner, however there have been serious concerns regarding the safety of the product.
This drug was connected with the largest number of adverse events for the beginning of 2012 with approximately 356 reports of serious or fatal injury. If you or a loved one have experienced any side effects, it is important that you contact a qualified Xarelto lawyer to discuss your potential case.
What Are Xarelto Side Effects?
The most dangerous Xarelto side effect, like all blood thinners, is uncontrollable bleeding. Blood thinning drugs have also been associated with bleeding complications. For example, Xarelto patients take the medicine either once or twice a day. The effects of the drug last 8-12 hours and the body’s activity does not return to normal until after 24 hours. This means that if a patient suffers a serious bleeding event, the drug may continue to prevent normal clotting for hours. Other side effects include:
- Blood clots
- Gastrointestinal bleeding
- Spinal bleeding
- Intracranial bleeding
- Epidural bleeding
- Cerebral bleeding
According to FDA reports, during the first quarter of 2012, blood clots accounted for nearly half of the adverse events associated with Xarelto. If you have suffered from Xarelto side effects, it is important that you speak with a Xarelto lawyer who can file a Xarelto lawsuit on your behalf.
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:
- In September 2011, the New England Journal of Medicine 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.”
- In June 2012, an FDA advisory panel voted against approving this medicine for the treatment of acute coronary syndrome.
- Later that same year, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) issued its QuarterWatch 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.
- More recently, in February 2013, the New England Journal of Medicine published the results of the MAGELLAN study, which found that Xarelto may carry an increased risk of bleeding.
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Timeline of Xarelto Lawsuits and Events:
- September 28, 2012 – There was a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, that 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.
- October 4, 2013 – It was reported that Xarelto was linked to as many as 968 adverse events, including 72 deaths in the year 2013. It was also associated with alarming numbers in the year 2012 with 750 adverse events including 58 deaths.
- November 25, 2013 – Researchers from Medscape found 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).
- May 7, 2014 – A Xarelto lawsuit was filed against Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Bayer after a woman. The wrongful death suit alleged that the manufacturer “fervently marketed” and “had no regard to the accuracy and misrepresentation of their misleading marketing,” stressing 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. Plaintiffs in these cases allege that the makers failed to adequately warn the public that the drug had no antidote, and in an emergency a doctor could struggle to reverse the blood thinning effects.
- 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. After taking the prescription for several months he developed uncontrollable bleeding in his brain, which contributed to his death. The lawsuit alleges that Janssen failed to warn that Xarelto can cause uncontrollable bleeding and there is no cure.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- December 15, 2014 – There are now dozens of lawsuits involving Xarelto in a Multi-District 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.
- January 22, 2015 – 75 lawsuits involving the blood-thinning drug Xarelto will be centralized in a mass-tort in Philadelphia.
- February 17, 2015 – Twelve attorneys have been appointed by the federal judge overseeing the Xarelto lawsuits.
How is Xarelto Like Pradaxa?
There were countless deaths and serious uncontrollable bleeding events, among other side effects, linked to the popular prescription drug thinner Pradaxa, which is similar to Xarelto.
As of September 2014, there are approximately 2500 pending Pradaxa lawsuits, and many victims have received compensation for their injuries after taking this medication. This drug may already be on the same treacherous path that Pradaxa has taken. There have already been many deaths and serious bleeding events linked to Xarelto. Just like victims in the Pradaxa cases, you could be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
Injuries are often caused by these types of medicines because the drugs were either defectively designed or the patient was not adequately warned about the drug’s dangers, like in the case of Pradaxa. Anyone who has been injured by this drug should talk to an experienced Xarelto lawyer about filing a lawsuit to receive compensation.
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 anytime or submit a contact form online for a free (no obligation) case evaluation.