The blood-thinner medication Xarelto (generic: rivaroxaban) was associated with at least 15,043 adverse event reports during the calendar year 2016, according to the latest issue of QuarterWatch by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP).
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been injured by the side effects of Xarelto, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.
What’s the Problem?
July 18, 2017 – The ISMP QuarterWatch Report (PDF) found that the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) received at least 21,996 adverse event reports involving blood-thinner drugs last year, more than 68% (15,043) of which involved Xarelto.
Internal bleeding is a common side effect of all anticoagulants; however, there is no antidote or reversal agent when these events occur with Xarelto, whereas with warfarin they can be counteracted with a single dose of vitamin K.
As a result of these problems, at least 17,000 lawsuits have been filed alleging severe bleeding side effects from Xarelto. All such federal claims have been consolidated into a multidistrict litigation (MDL No. 2592) in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana.
The suits allege that Xarelto was improperly marketed as an improvement over warfarin, and that Bayer and Johnson & Johnson failed to adequately warn the public and medical community about the risk of uncontrollable bleeding with Xarelto.
Xarelto has been linked to the following serious side effects:
- Blood clots
- Pulmonary Embolism (PE)
- Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
- Major bleeding requiring blood transfusions
- Surgical bleeding that requires re-operation
- Internal bleeding in critical organs
- Gastrointestinal and rectal bleeding
- Cerebral hemorrhage (bleeding in the brain)
- Heart attack
- Esophageal ulcers
- Kidney failure
Xarelto is a once-daily medication that must be taken every day at the same time. Patients who accidentally miss doses of Xarelto rapidly lose protection against blood clots, which significantly increases their risk of stroke. The Prescribing Information carries a “Black Box” warning about the risk of prematurely discontinuing Xarelto.
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 suffered uncontrollable bleeding or other severe side effects from Xarelto, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.