Xarelto Lawsuit Information Center
Have you taken the blood thinning presription drug Xarelto
and experienced life threatening complications?
Individuals who file a Xarelto lawsuit may be able to obtain
financial compensation for any damages related to their injuries.
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Xarelto Lawsuit Information Center
Xarelto, a new-generation blood thinner jointly marketed by Bayer HealthCare and Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals unit, was touted as an improvement over warfarin, an anticoagulant that has been in use for several decades. However, a number of recent Xarelto lawsuit filings have alleged that the medication is associated with life-threatening side effects, including uncontrollable internal bleeding. The nationwide law firm of Bernstein Liebhard LLP is now investigating potential legal claims on behalf of anyone who suffered serious complications that may be associated with this blood thinner, including:
- Life-threatening Internal bleeding, Including Cerebral or Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage
- Pulmonary embolism (PE)
- Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
If you or a loved one experienced dangerous complications while using Xarelto, it is vital that you seek legal help immediately. To learn more, please contact our office today by calling .
What is Xarelto?
Xarelto, known generically as rivaroxaban, is one of a new class of blood thinners called direct thrombin inhibitors, which also includes Pradaxa and Eliquis. The medication was first cleared for U.S. sales in 2011, and its approved indications now include:
- Prevention of blood clots in people with atrial fibrillation
- Treatment of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism
- Reduction of the risk of blood clots in patients undergoing hip replacement surgeries
Since its appearance on the market, Xarelto has attained blockbuster status. In 2013, the drug racked up global sales of $1.3 billion.
Like all blood thinners, this drug can cause serious internal hemorrhaging in some patients. However, Xarelto bleeding is difficult to stop, as there is no known reversal agent for this occurrence. Warfarin bleeding, by contrast, can be staunched rather quickly via the administration of vitamin K.
In September 2013, a German media outlet reported a sharp spike in the number of serious medical incidents associated with Xarelto. The article noted that during the first 8 months of that year, Germany’s Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices had received 958 reports of complications where the medication was the suspected cause, including 72 cases of death. By contrast, the blood thinner was implicated in just 750 adverse event reports, including 58 deaths, in all of 2012.
According to the Institute for Safe Medicine Practices’ May 2014 QuarterWatch report, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) received 680 reports of serious complications during the first quarter of 2013 that were related to Xarelto. For the first time since its U.S. launch, the drug outpaced Pradaxa in number of adverse event reports.
Product Liability Claims Involving Xarelto
In June 2014, Reuters reported that Bayer and Johnson & Johnson were facing as many as 10 Xarelto lawsuit filings in the U.S. Court documents indicate that these claims accuse the companies of withholding information from consumers and the medical community regarding a lack of an agent to reverse uncontrollable internal bleeding. Plaintiffs also assert that the benefits associated with Xarelto do not justify its risks.
So far, only individual claims, rather than class actions, have been filed against Johnson & Johnson and Bayer. It is doubtful that a Xarelto class action lawsuit would be the best option for most potential claimants, as injuries and damages related to the drug will vary greatly from plaintiff to plaintiff.
Pursing Legal Claims Against the Manufacturers of Xarelto
Individuals who file a Xarelto lawsuit may be able to obtain financial compensation for any damages related to their injuries, including:
- Medical Bills
- Lost Wages
- Permanent Disability
- Pain and Suffering
- Diminished Quality of Life
- Wrongful Death
To learn more about the legal options that might be available to you, please contact Bernstien Liebhard LLP today. Free, no-obligation case reviews may be obtained by calling .