Pharmaceutical companies have a responsibility to develop prescription drugs that are safe for consumers. The makers of Xarelto, Bayer and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, are defendants in several Xarelto lawsuits because of the alleged deffective and dangerous nature of the drug. If you or a loved one has experienced a severe bleeding occurrence after taking Xarelto, you may be entitled to take legal action with a Xarelto lawyer.
Xarelto was introduced in the United States market in July of 2011, and is part of a class of drugs called New Oral Anticoagulants (NOACs). This class of NOACs, which also includes Pradaxa and Eliquis, has been marketed as the next generation of blood-thinning drugs and has been prescribed to prevent pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis, as well as strokes in patients suffering from atrial fibrillation, and for patients who had undergone knee and hip replacement procedures. The manufacturing company, Bayer and Janssen Pharmaceuticals – a division of Johnson & Johnson – reported that approximately 130,000 prescriptions were written for Xarelto in the first three months of 2012 in the U.S. alone.
However, Xarelto carries a significant risk of severe, and sometimes even fatal, internal bleeding – and there is no reversal agent available if serious bleeding occurs with Xarelto use. In 2013, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported receiving 680 serious adverse event reports from individuals who alleged to have suffered adverse events while taking Xarelto. That number quickly rose to more than 1,800 adverse events linked to Xarelto, the most common events were pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis, gastrointestinal hemorrhage, and hemorrhage. Hospitalization was reported in 891 of these events; 183 patients lost their lives.
As a result of many adverse event reports, the FDA required the makers of Xarelto to issue ‘black box’ warnings about the potential hazards of using Xarelto. The ‘black box’ warning is the most urgent type of warning that is issued by the FDA. This warning advised that Xarelto print advertisement was “false or misleading because it minimizes the risks associated with Xarelto and makes a misleading claim” regarding blood monitoring and “no dosage adjustments.” To date, more than 21,000 adverse events have been linked to Xarelto.
Xarelto Side Effects
The reason Xarelto is so much more dangerous than other anticoagulants on the market, is that it causes uncontrollable bleeding that cannot be reversed. Other blood thinners can be controlled with Vitamin K, but Xarelto does not respond to Vitamin K. There is no antidote for excessive bleeding caused by taking Xarelto, leaving patients at a much greater risk of bleeding to death.
Commonly reported side effects of Xarelto include:
Prolonged bleeding from cuts
Several plaintiffs have filed lawsuits against the makers of Xarelto. They allege the drug caused cerebral hemorrhaging, gastrointestinal bleeding and fatalities. Due to the severe blood thinning effects of Xarelto, plaintiffs further claim:
The makers of Xarelto continued to market the drug as being safe after they found out it was not
The makers of Xarelto did not give doctors actions to take to assist patients who experienced excessive bleeding as a result of taking Xarelto
The makers of Xarelto are motivated by profits more than maintaining the safety of Xarelto
Consumers were not warned by the makers of Xarelto about the dangers associated with taking the drug
Pharmaceutical companies must be held accountable for any action that causes harm and loss to consumers. It is the right of any Xarelto user who has been harmed to file a Xarelto lawsuit against the companies Bayer and Janssen Pharmaceuticals. If you or a loved one have suffered as a result of taking Xarelto, you may be eligible to be compensated for pain, suffering, past/future medical bills, and funeral expenses.Filing a Xarelto lawsuit does not take away the pain you have suffered, but it can ease your financial and emotional burdens. If you have been harmed by Xarelto, you may be able to receive compensation. Contact an experienced Xarelto lawyer today.
If you or a loved one suffered serious injury after using Xarelto, please contact the attorneys at the Tate Law Group toll free at (866)610-7101 for your confidential and free consultation.