The class action attorneys at Roden Law are currently investigating claims on behalf of patients who took the blood thinner Xarelto (Rivaroxaban) and suffered severe bleeding events.
Pharmaceutical manufacturers have an obligation to ensure their drugs are reasonably safe for patient use. Failing to properly test drugs or warn about a drug’s potential danger may entitle patients to compensation if they suffer adverse side effects.
If you or someone you love has suffered uncontrollable bleeding or other dangerous effects after taking Xarelto, do not hesitate to contact our qualified defective drug attorneys to schedule a free, no obligation consultation. We will conduct a thorough review of your claim to determine if you have options to pursue compensation.
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What is Xarelto?
Xarelto is an anticoagulant (blood thinner) that blocks the activity of certain substances that cause blood clotting. Although blood clotting is a natural process that helps in healing, blood clots can also form abnormally, break away into the blood stream and block the flow of blood into vital bodily organs.
Xarelto is manufactured by Bayer and was released in the U.S. in 2011 by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. The drug was designed to prevent or treat a type of blood clot called deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which can lead to blood clots in the lungs (pulmonary embolism), brain or heart. A DVT often occurs after a patient undergoes certain types of surgeries, such as hip or knee replacement.
Xarelto was initially marketed as a superior anticoagulant to other blood thinners, like warfarin. However, it has the same performance rate as warfarin and other anticoagulants. The most significant difference between Xarelto and other drugs is that it does not require regular blood monitoring, dietary restrictions, or frequent dose adjustments.
However, many patients have reported life-threatening side effects and medical conditions after taking Xarelto.
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Xarelto Side Effects
Similar to other anticoagulants, Xarelto puts patients at risk of hemorrhaging and other internal bleeding effects. However, unlike other anticoagulants, there is no way to stop severe bleeding events caused by Xarelto. Additionally, doctors find it more difficult to detect internal bleeding in patients prescribed Xarelto because they do not require regular blood monitoring tests.
Since Xarelto was first marketed, patients who have been prescribed the drug and took it as directed have reported suffering the following serious side effects:
- Intracranial hemorrhages
- Abdominal bleeding
- Retinal bleeding
- Wound complications
- Epidural hemorrhage
- Adrenal bleeding
- Excessive blood loss
Our attorneys are vigorously investigating claims filed by patients who were harmed or killed after taking Xarelto. Contact us today to find out if you have a case that entitles you to compensation.
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FDA Issues Xarelto Warnings
In June 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sent a letter to Bayer, Janssen, and Johnson & Johnson, warning that Xarelto’s advertising was misleading and downplayed the potential effects of the drug to patients.
The FDA also claimed that advertisements for Xarelto failed to properly draw attention to the effects of the drug and claims of its effectiveness appeared to be disconnected from its risks.
Furthermore, the FDA cited inaccuracies in claims made by Xarelto’s manufacturers that the drug does not require dosage adjustments, which contradicts the product’s information sections on warnings and precautions as well as dosage and administration.
As a result of the insufficient warning, the FDA issued a black box warning for Xarelto in August 2013. The warning stated that patients who discontinued Xarelto usage prematurely were at a higher risk for developing blood clots, DPV, and a spinal or epidural hematoma.
In 2014, the FDA required new language be included in the warnings for Xarelto, including updates to the black box notice. The new information concerned:
- Doubt about the appropriate timing for the application of Xarelto in relation to regional anesthetic techniques
- Cautioning patients against using Xarelto with epidural anesthesia and spinal puncture
- Results from a study of Xarelto concerning renal functionality
- Absence of a Xarelto antidote to treat excessive bleeding
- Caution against using Xarelto with inhibitors like itraconazole, ketoconazole, conivaptan, lopinavir/ritonavir, and indinavir.
- Incomplete information about Xarelto’s effects on patients with heart valves
- Formation of blood clots when a patient prematurely stops taking Xarelto
However, despite the FDA’s warnings and risk of adverse side effects Xarelto poses towards patients, the drug has not been recalled and is still one of Johnson & Johnson’s top-selling anticoagulants.
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Lawsuits Filed Against Xarelto Manufacturers
Since its initial release, approximately 18,000 U.S. patients prescribed Xarelto have filed lawsuits against Janssen and Bayer. Patients filing lawsuits allege that:
- Xarelto poses an unnecessary risk of injury and causes excessive bleeding that can lead to death.
- Janssen was negligent in manufacturing the drug and failed to properly test the medication and warn of the potential for uncontrollable bleeding.
- Xarelto’s lack of an antidote to stop excessive bleeding constitutes a design defect and that the drug does not provide greater patient benefit than other anticoagulants, like warfarin, which are proven to be safe.
- Janssen and Bayer failed to provide physicians with clear guidance as to whether a patient was qualified to take Xarelto and whether the patient should stop taking it if screenings showed potential problems.
- Janssen and Bayer knew Xarelto posed a high risk to patients and intentionally concealed evidence of the drug’s irreversible, life-threatening side effects.
- Janssen and Bayer misrepresented the safety of Xarelto when marketing it to patients and health care providers.
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How Do I Know if I Have a Xarelto Lawsuit?
If you or someone you love took Xarelto as directed by a health care provider and suffered excessive bleeding, stroke or death, you may be entitled to legal action against the drug’s manufacturer.
Often, patients who experienced adverse side effects after taking Xarelto reported bleeding events within the first month after being prescribed the drug. This includes severe internal bleeding, cerebral hemorrhaging, brain hemorrhaging and gastrointestinal bleeding.
You should consider speaking to an attorney about filing a Xarelto lawsuit if you have experienced bleeding of:
- Arteries and veins
- Bladder or ureter
- Pericardial sack
Additionally, several patients who took Xarelto reported suffering a hemorrhagic stroke, which occurs when a leak from a weakened blood vessel puts pressure on the brain. This can result in severe brain damage.
Furthermore, patients who took Xarelto after undergoing surgery for hip or knee replacements have reported surgical wounds that develop a leak, infection, drainage complications or a hematoma. These conditions often require additional surgery to treat the complications that prevent these wounds from healing.
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Contact Our Xarelto Lawyers for a Free Consultation
Janssen and Bayer market Xarelto as a safe and efficient alternative to other anticoagulants. Unfortunately, many patients reported suffering severe and life-threatening bleeding events, stroke and death after taking Xarelto.
If you or someone you love has experienced complications after using Xarelto as directed, you may be entitled to file a Xarelto lawsuit against the drug’s manufacturers.
At Roden Law, our accomplished class action attorneys have a strong history of helping injury victims recover the compensation they deserve after being harmed by another’s negligence. We have the experience and resources you need to pursue large pharmaceutical companies that manufacture harmful drugs like Xarelto.
Do not hesitate to contact us to schedule a free, no obligation consultation to determine if we can help you recover compensation for the pain and suffering you endured after taking Xarelto. We work only on a contingency fee, which means you will not be charged upfront legal fees for our services. The only time you have to pay us is if we recover compensation for your claim.