Xarelto – Blood Thinner Lawsuit
A blood thinner such as Xarelto is not supposed to cause health problems – it is supposed to help prevent them. However, patients have reported serious complications with Xarelto, which has been linked to severe internal bleeding that has sometimes been fatal. The Xarelto attorneys with Baron & Budd may be able to help if you or a loved one has been harmed by this blood thinner medication.
What is Xarelto, and Why is it Dangerous?
Xarelto is one of the “new generation” of blood thinners marketed as an alternative to Warfarin (marketed under the brand name of Coumadin). For decades, Warfarin was the only choice for people at risk for forming blood clots. The drawback is that patients on Warfarin need to undergo continual monitoring to ensure the medication is working correctly. Patients who take Xarelto, on the other hand, do not have to be monitored nearly as often.
The downside – one that can potentially be fatal – is that if a patient on Xarelto experiences excessive bleeding there is no way to stop it. If this event happens to someone taking Warfarin, a doctor can administer large doses of vitamin K to thicken the blood. This antidote is not available for those taking Xarelto, and as a result there is a substantial risk of bleeding to death.
Other Side Effects of Xarelto May Include:
- Adrenal Bleeding
- Blood Clots
- Brain Hemorrhages
- Epidural Hematoma
- External Bleeding
- Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage
- Internal Bleeding
- Intracranial Hemorrhage
- Kidney Failure
- Liver Damage
- Retinal Hemorrhage
Xarelto and the FDA
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) originally approved Xarelto for patients who were having hip or knee replacement in order to lower the chances they would develop blood clots. The agency would later approve the drug for several other uses, such as the treatment of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. Xarelto is also approved for patients who have atrial fibrillation, a type of irregular heartbeat.
But studies have shown the dangers of the drug and the FDA has reacted. In fact, Xarelto’s own website shows that nearly 75 percent of people who participated in a study experienced bleeding events, anemia and other serious problems. Those who took higher doses were more susceptible to bleeding.
The FDA sent the marketer of Xarelto, Johnson & Johnson, a warning letter in 2013 stating that a print ad the company was running was misleading because it minimized the risks associated with taking the medication. In 2014, the agency issued a warning stating that people who suddenly stop taking the drug could be at risk for blood clots.
There is currently no recall of Xarelto due to internal bleeding, but the investigation into the drug is still ongoing. It can often take a long time to bring out all the facts necessary to stimulate a recall, whether it is voluntary or involuntary.
Why Should You File a Xarelto Lawsuit?
There are very few ways that a person can hold a pharmaceutical company accountable for harmful actions, and a Xarelto lawsuit is one of them. If you take legal action, you may be able to obtain compensation for lost wages and medical costs related to Xarelto complications.
Many patients took the drug without the slightest idea that the drug did not have an antidote. The main reason for this is that neither Johnson & Johnson nor Xarelto manufacturer Bayer warned patients or doctors of this risk. Instead of making sure that people knew of the risks, Bayer and Johnson & Johnson promoted the benefits instead.
People file Xarelto lawsuits for many reasons. For example, they may have experienced emotional distress due to having to care for a loved one harmed by the drug. Others sue because of financial hardships such as medical bills and lost wages. Still others take legal action due to the emotional and financial issues caused by the death of a loved one after a Xarelto complication.
Lawsuits can take many years, and settlements may not be forthcoming until several cases are tried in front of juries and drug manufacturers realize how much of a financial risk they face. However, that does not mean you can wait to file a lawsuit; you have a certain period of time where you can take legal action for any injuries you either sustained or may sustain in the future. This statute of limitations is a major reason you need to speak with an experienced attorney as soon as you can.
How Baron & Budd Can Help
You may be entitled to compensation if you or someone close to you suffered health complications after taking Xarelto. Click here to contact Baron & Budd online or call us at 866-795-8339. We will listen to the details and let you know if you are eligible to file a Xarelto lawsuit.