Blood Thinner Xarelto

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Lawsuits over the Blood Thinner Xarelto

 Xarelto is a popular blood-thinning drug. While it is the subject of upbeat TV ads, thousands of users claim they have been seriously injured by Xarelto and have filed lawsuits against drug companies for compensation. Other litigants allege their loved ones suffered fatal injuries because they took the anti-clotting drug.

Xarelto (rivaroxaban) is a popular drug manufactured by Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc., a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson and Bayer Health Care Pharmaceuticals Inc.

The claims against the drug manufacturers are stark. Litigants allege while big pharma made billions of dollars and ran primetime ads for Xarelto, Americans were bleeding to death by using the anticoagulant. The U.S Food and Drug Administration has forced the manufacturers of Xarelto to beef up their box warnings, but no recalls have been issues, states ConsumerSafety.org.

More than 20,000 federal lawsuits claim Xarelto caused uncontrolled bleeds, deaths, wound leaks, and infections. The Smith Law Center battles for injured people who were hurt by dangerous drugs. We want to hear from you if you have been harmed by Xarelto.

What is Xarelto?

Xarelto is an anticoagulant (blood thinner) that is prescribed to prevent blood clots. The drug is used to prevent a serious condition called deep vein thrombosis, a condition in which a blood clot is embedded in one of the major deep veins of the lower legs, thighs, arm or pelvis. DVT can cause serious conditions like a pulmonary embolism which is a blood clot in the lungs.

Rivaroxaban is also used in people with atrial fibrillation, a heart rhythm disorder, to reduce the risk of stroke caused by a blood clot.  

What Are the Possible Side Effects of Xarelto?

Xarelto has numerous known side effects. Some of them are extremely serious. They include:

  • An allergic reaction. You should stop using Xarelto immediately if you experience difficulty breathing, hives, or swelling to your lips, tongue, and face.

  • Bruising to areas such as the nose, vagina or rectum;

  • Bleeding from wounds or needle infections or any bleeding that will not stop.

  • Heavy menstrual periods;

  • Red or pink colored urine;

  • Weakness, headaches, and dizziness;

  • Intracranial hemorrhages

  • Abdominal hemorrhages

  • Retinal hemorrhages

  • Black or bloody stools, coughing up vomit or blood that looks like coffee grounds;

  • tingling, numbness, or muscle weakness, particularly in your legs and feet;

  • loss of movement in any portion of the body.

Less serious side effects of Xarelto may include:

  • pains in your muscles;

  • itching; or

  • pain in your arms or legs.

Uncontrolled Bleeding Sparks Lawsuits over the Blood Thinner Xarelto

The specific allegations in lawsuits include claims that Xarelto presents an unreasonable risk of injury and that its labeling failed to adequately warn about its potentially deadly side effects.

Claimants also allege that the drug’s lack of an antidote amounts to a design defect and that Xarelto does not provide greater patient benefits than drugs like warfarin, which were safely administered for decades and has an antidote.

The lawsuits claim, doctors have no effective means of stopping Xarelto users from bleeding out in the event of an emergency. Plaintiffs in the lawsuits point to serious and fatal injuries, including cerebral hemorrhaging and gastrointestinal bleeds from the use of the blood thinner Xarelto.

 Some claimants believe that Janssen/Bayer intentionally concealed knowledge of Xarelto’s irreversible, life-threatening bleeding.

How Many People Have Died from Using Xarelto?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration links the use of Xarelto to the deaths of almost 400 people.

They include Sharyn Orr, of Louisiana, who died in May 2015 at the age of 67 after spending 10 days in a coma. She was taking the drug for atrial fibrillation. However, a federal jury in New Orleans cleared Bayer AG and Johnson & Johnson of liability for the death.

According to Drug Safety News, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration received a total of 15,043 adverse event reports related to Xarelto by the end of 2016. Blood thinners including Xarelto, Eliquis and Pradaxa, were the cause of more visits to emergency rooms in that year than any other class of prescription medications. Xarelto is linked to more serious and fatal hemorrhaging incidents than any of the other blood thinning drugs.

How Many Lawsuits Have Been Brought Over Xarelto?

There are currently more than 18,000 lawsuits pending against Janssen and Bayer Healthcare over Xarelto. Plaintiffs claim to have suffered severe injuries from Xarelto like unstoppable bleeding and cerebral hemorrhaging. Some of the lawsuits are wrongful death actions.

Have Trials Taken Place over Xarelto?

Three federal lawsuits had gone to trial by July 2018. All of them ended in victories for the drug companies.

In December 2017, a jury awarded a former Xarelto user $27.8 million, but a judge later overturned the verdict.

 A jury in Philadelphia in December 2017 ordered the makers of Xarelto to pay nearly $27.8 million to an Indiana woman for failing to provide a warning about the bleeding dangers associated with their blood thinner. The judge later overturned the verdict.

Litigation is ongoing at state and federal levels. No major settlements have been announced to date.

Contact a Virginia Drugs Lawyer About Lawsuits over the Blood Thinner Xarelto

Xarelto is linked to some terrible side effects and complications, sparking thousands of lawsuits. If you have been harmed by this drug, please contact our Hampton, Virginia based personal injury lawyers at (757) 244-7000.