Have you or a family member been affected by the adverse effects of Xarelto? Then you may want to learn more about dangerous side effects and the potential for filing a lawsuit.
Approved by the FDA in 2011, Xarelto is an anticoagulant blood thinner manufactured by Bayer and marketed in the U.S. by Johnson & Johnson’s subsidiary, Janssen Pharmaceuticals. Similar to other blood thinners such as Coumadin and Pradaxa, Xarelto is prescribed to reduce the risks of stroke and blood clots in individuals suffering from atrial fibrillation, also known as A-Fib.
Bleeding Side Effects
Unfortunately, Xarelto can also cause uncontrollable bleeding. The drug does not have an antidote and those filing lawsuits after being injured by the drug say they were not sufficiently warned before taking Xarelto. The first complaints were filed in early 2014, and by mid-2015 the number of claims involved in the Xarelto litigation has already reached 2,000.
Last May, a suit was filed in Pennsylvania on behalf of a woman who died after taking Xarelto. The Xarelto bleeding lawsuit states that Bayer and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, “fervently marketed” Xarelto without regard for reports of 356 serious, disabling and fatal injuries involving major bleeding, hemorrhaging and death. A Florida woman also filed suit after her husband died after taking Xarelto to treat A-Fib. Further, the drug is suspected of causing 72 deaths in the first quarter of 2013 in Germany alone.
FDA Issues Serious Warnings
The FDA has issued two block box (the strictest) warnings on Xarelto:
- People with A-Fib, not caused by a heart valve problem, who discontinue Xarelto without replacing it with another blood thinner are at risk for dangerous blood clots
- A spinal anesthesia performed on a person taking Xarelto may result in bleeding around the spine that can lead to long-term or permanent paralysis.
The Xarelto attorneys at Nager, Romaine & Schneiberg are here to advocate on your behalf. If you or a loved one has experienced life-threatening and related side effects following the use of Xarelto, you may be entitled to compensation. These may include:
- Heart attack
- Gastrointestinal bleeding
- Blood Clots
The Xarelto lawyers at NRS will evaluate the feasibility of a lawsuit and help determine whether you are entitled to compensation. Call NRS at 216-289-4740, or toll-free form Ohio at (855) GOT-HURT. You can also fill out our contact form for a free consultation.