Xarelto® is a prescription blood thinner used to decrease the risk of stroke and embolism in patients suffering from heart rhythm disorder (non-valvular atrial fibrillation). The drug, manufactured by Bayer and marketed by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, is used by more than 1.4 million people.
The medication, also known as rivaroxaban, was approved in 2011 for use in patients who had knee and hip replacement surgeries. In less than a year, at least 350 “serious, disabling or fatal” injuries related to its use were reported.
Marketed as a replacement for warfarin with a reduced need for patient monitoring, Xarelto has since been found to have serious side effects and complications that can cause more harm than good for those who are on it. The Xarelto attorneys at The Lambert Firm are currently reviewing cases for those who have suffered from its ill effects.
More than 2,100 adverse events related to Xarelto have been reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the federal entity that approves medications for use. Of those reports, 1,821 list the drug as being the primary suspected reason for the adverse event.
Injuries related to its use include:
- Heart attack
- Pulmonary embolism
- Internal hemorrhaging
- Brain bleeding
- Uncontrollable bleeding
- Gastrointestinal bleeding
For these injuries and illnesses, hospitalization was necessary in 891 cases, and 183 of the patients lost their lives.
This blood thinning medication has no known antidote; that means if a patient starts bleeding, doctors have no way to stop it. If you currently take Xarelto, it’s important to avoid doing anything that could lead to cuts, bruises or internal injuries.
If you sustain any of these injuries, or if you experience symptoms such as bruising, swelling, vision changes, weakness, confusion, dizziness, severe headaches or persistent bleeding, contact your doctor immediately.
Xarelto patients should also inform all of their doctors and dentists of their use of this medication before having any procedures done — even a simple teeth cleaning or physical.
Filing Xarelto Lawsuits
While there has not been a recall of this drug as of yet, lawsuits have already been filed against Bayer and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, which is a division of Johnson & Johnson.
Xarelto lawsuits allege that:
- The drug was marketed as superior to other options despite knowing that patients were at higher risk for gastrointestinal bleeds.
- The drug was marketed as safe and effective, even though other, safer drugs were available.
- More value was placed on profits than on minimizing the risks of serious and fatal complications.
- The drug’s maker failed to warn about that risk of dangerous and potentially life-threatening bleeding.
- Doctors were not advised on how to stabilize patients suffering from Xarelto bleeding.
The amount of time you have to file a Xarelto claim varies depending on which state you live in, so it’s important to act quickly after an adverse event to review your legal options.
When a company creates or markets a new drug, they have a responsibility to make sure it’s as safe as possible and properly warn the public if there are risks or side effects. If the companies involved fail to do so, they should be held liable for the damages caused.
At The Lambert Firm, our defective drug attorneys have been handling pharmaceutical injury claims for more than 35 years. If you or a loved one have suffered an excessive or fatal Xarelto bleeding event or other serious complications, contact us today to schedule a free consultation.