More than 9,000 lawsuits have been filed nationwide against the manufacturers and distributors of the blood-thinning drug Xarelto. According to a report in The Louisiana Record, the first case is due for trial in February. The lawsuit was filed by a Louisiana man who claimed to have suffered severe gastrointestinal bleeding after using Xarelto. The second case, which is scheduled to go to trial, also in Louisiana, was filed by the husband of a woman who used Xarelto for about a month before she died from a brain hemorrhage. These will be followed by other cases where plaintiffs have stated that they suffered internal bleeding as a result of using Xarelto. These are just a few of the thousands of potential Xarelto lawsuits that will be having their trials set within the next year.
What Are The Side Effects of Xarelto?
Xarelto is a prescription blood thinner manufactured by Janssen Pharmaceuticals. It was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2011. This medication is an anticoagulant, which means it prevents blood from clotting. These types of drugs are often used to prevent or treat deep vein thrombosis, atrial fibrillation, pulmonary embolism, stroke and other conditions.
The most dangerous Xarelto side effect is uncontrollable bleeding. Blood thinning drugs have also been associated with other side effects such as blood clots, gastrointestinal bleeding, spinal bleeding, stroke, bleeding in the brain and difficulty in breathing. According to the Institute for Safe Medication Practices, Xarelto accounted for the largest number of reported cases of domestic, serious injury among regularly monitored drugs. The institute reported that in 2015, there were 10,674 reports, including 1,121 patient deaths and 4,508 injuries requiring hospitalization. The most frequent reports were bleeding in the brain and bleeding in the intestines.
Are There Xarelto Lawsuits?
In August 2013, the FDA announced its first black box warning for Xarelto. The black box warning stated that patients who prematurely discontinued Xarelto usage were at a higher risk for blood clots, deep vein thrombosis, and epidural/spinal hematoma. A few months later in January 2014, the FDA issued another warning about the drug and its generic version, Rivaroxaban, stating that they posed a bleeding risk. This warning also discussed the fact that there is no reversal agent or antidote for Xarelto. With other blood thinners such as Warfarin, a doctor can administer vitamin K to counteract the anticoagulant properties of a blood thinner in an emergency situation.
Contact a Skilled Xarelto Lawyer
Our law firm is working with experienced Xarelto lawyers, who are investigating these cases. If you have suffered a serious injury after using Xarelto, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering, among other losses. There is no fee unless you receive an award or settlement. Call our toll free number at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out a contact form online for a free (no obligation) case evaluation.