A Florida woman who claims her husband’s death was caused by the blood-thinner drug Xarelto (generic: rivaroxaban) has filed a products liability lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson and its Janssen subsidiary.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was injured by Xarelto side effects, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer and our lawyers can help.
What’s the Problem?
September 21, 2016 – According to the lawsuit, Plaintiff’s husband was prescribed Xarelto to treat his atrial fibrillation, or AFib, which is an irregular heartbeat. Unfortunately, the man suffered an episode in which he began bleeding in the head between the brain and its outermost covering, a condition known as a subdural hemorrhage.
The couple learned the hard way that Xarelto has one fatal flaw — it has no antidote or reversal agent once bleeding events begin. Doctors were unable to stop the man’s bleeding, and he subsequently died as a result of his injuries. His wife is outraged because she says they weren’t adequately warned about the risk of Xarelto side effects before her husband started taking it.
The Florida couple is not alone. More than 7,000 Xarelto lawsuits have been consolidated into a multidistrict litigation (MDL – 2529) in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Bellwether trials in the MDL are scheduled to begin early next year.
When Xarelto was first approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in July 2011, it was marketed as superior to more traditional anticoagulants like warfarin because it supposedly required less patient monitoring and no special dietary requirements. For this reason, many patients made the switch to Xarelto, but what they gained in convenience they lost in safety.
With traditional blood-thinners like warfarin, a single dose of vitamin K can stop and even reverse unanticipated bleeding events. This antidote does not work with Xarelto, and the only reversal agent proposed for the drug was recently rejected by the FDA.
Do I Have a Xarelto Lawsuit?
The Pharmaceutical Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Xarelto lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you were injured by Xarelto, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and we can help.