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Xarelto Lawsuit Attorneys

The blood thinner Xarelto has been linked to severe injuries, including life-threatening blood clots and internal bleeding.

If you suffered these injuries while taking Xarelto or lost a loved one due to complications caused by this medication, our defective drug lawyers may be able to file a Xarelto lawsuit to pursue compensation for medical bills and other damages. We are firmly committed to holding drug manufacturers accountable for putting dangerous medications on the market and failing to properly warn the public and medical professionals about the risks. 

Schedule a free legal consultation today so we can review your situation and determine your legal options. If we take your case, there will be no fees or costs unless we recover the maximum compensation you deserve.

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History and Side Effects of Xarelto

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the prescription medication Xarelto in 2011. It is currently approved for the following uses, according to Xarelto's prescribing information:

  • Treatment and reduction of the risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism
  • Prevention of DVT following surgery to replace a knee or hip   
  • Nonvalvular atrial fibrillation

Xarelto has quickly become one of Bayer's best-selling medications, generating billions of dollars each year.

Marketing for the drug says that it is the first and only one-a-day prescription on the market for treating nonvalvular atrial fibrillation. The drug also has an advantage over the older blood thinner warfarin – you are not required to do routine blood monitoring when taking Xarelto.    

Unfortunately, the drug has been linked to severe and potentially deadly side effects. In 2012, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices issued a report revealing that there were 356 reports of serious, disabling or fatal injury that were suspected of being caused by Xarelto in the first quarter of that year. This was more than double the number of reports from the previous quarter.

The most frequently reported injury was a blood clot, with the majority of these clots being pulmonary embolisms, which Xarelto is supposed to prevent. There were also 121 reports involving hemorrhages occurring in patients with a median age of 66 who were taking the drug after having a knee or hip replaced.

A study published in Gastrointestinal Research and Practice in 2016 found that patients who took Xarelto for a period of 40 days or less had a higher risk of gastrointestinal bleeding compared to those who took the drug for more than 40 days.

Unfortunately, there is currently no antidote on the market to reverse bleeding and blood clots caused by Xarelto. That is one of the reasons these side effects are so dangerous and why you should seek immediate medical attention if you are experiencing any of them.

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FDA Warnings about Xarelto

While the FDA has not issued any recalls of Xarelto, it did issue a black box warning in 2013 after regulators determined that Bayer, the manufacturer, and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, which markets the drug, had failed to properly warn consumers about dangerous side effects. A black box warning is the most serious warning the FDA issues about a medication.

This warning noted that it is dangerous to discontinue Xarelto if you have nonvalvular atrial fibrillation because it could increase your risk of a stroke. The warning also says that patients should be put on another anticoagulant medication if they were taken off Xarelto for any reason other than pathological bleeding.

The FDA issued an update to the black box warning in 2014 to advise patients of the risks of taking this medication. For example, the warning notes that there is no antidote to treat excessive bleeding. The warning also cautions against using the medication with the following drugs:

  • Ketoconazole
  • Itraconazole
  • Lopinavir
  • Ritonavir
  • Indinavir
  • Conivaptan
  • Carbamazepine
  • Phenytoin
  • Rifampin

There is also a warning about using Xarelto in patients who received epidural anesthesia. Xarelto and other anticoagulant medications put these patients at risk for an epidural or spinal hematoma that could cause long-term or permanent paralysis.

If you took Xarelto before these warnings were issued, you may be able to file a Xarelto lawsuit claiming you were not properly warned about the risk of severe side effects.

Contact our dangerous drug lawyers today to determine your legal options. Fill out a Free Case Evaluation form.

Xarelto Lawsuits That Have Been Filed

There have been nearly 19,000 Xarelto lawsuits filed in federal or state courts alleging a variety of failures by Bayer and Johnson & Johnson, which owns Janssen Pharmaceuticals.

Some of these allegations include failing to:

  • Properly warn seniors of the increased risk of bleeding
  • Inform the FDA about the dangers of Xarelto
  • Properly warn about the higher risk of gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Adequately research, test and study Xarelto
  • Include a boxed warning about serious bleeding risk
  • Provide adequate warning that it is not possible to measure the effect of Xarelto

In 2014, more than 18,000 of these Xarelto lawsuits were consolidated into a multidistrict litigation (MDL) in Louisiana. Another group of approximately 1,300 cases were consolidated in Philadelphia's Complex Litigation Center (CLC), which is designed to handle mass tort cases.

The judge who oversees the MDL organized the cases into approximately 40 bellwether trials. Bellwether trials are meant to help both sides assess similar claims about Xarelto.

Three of these trials already occurred in 2017 and were decided in favor of the drug companies and a fourth trial is scheduled for next year.

The first trial occurred in April of 2017 and involved a 75-year-old man who was prescribed Xarelto for a heart condition and suffered gastrointestinal bleeding that led to hospitalization and numerous blood transfusions. The jury ruled that Johnson & Johnson had not failed to warn the man about the risks of Xarelto.

The second trial ended in June and was brought by the husband and children of a woman who died following a stroke. The lawsuit alleged that Johnson & Johnson provided inadequate information about Xarelto's risk of bleeding.

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Contact a Defective Drug Lawyer About a Xarelto Lawsuit

If a drug that is meant to help you ends up causing severe injury or the death of a loved one, the manufacturer should be held accountable.

Contact our dangerous drug lawyers right now for a free legal consultation to determine if we can file a Xarelto lawsuit and pursue compensation for the damages you or your loved one suffered. We have a long track record of recovering fair compensation for victims of negligence.  

We know that compensation cannot change what happened, but it can help you and your family as you attempt to move forward with your lives.

Schedule a free legal consultation right now to review your legal options. There will be no fees or costs unless our clients receive compensation.

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