Injured By Xarelto?
Our Attorneys Can Help
If you took the blood thinner Xarelto and experienced bleeding, stroke or any other type of serious complications you may qualify for financial compensation.
Since Xarelto (rivaroxaban) received approval in 2011, Bayer AG and Janssen Pharmaceuticals (a Johnson & Johnson’s subsidiary) made millions by selling this Novel Oral Anticoagulant to US patients. Xarelto is used to prevent blood clots and strokes in people who suffer from Atrial Fibrillation (Afib), Pulmonary Embolism (PE), and Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). However, this drug is also very dangerous, as it may cause uncontrollable bleedings that cannot be stopped since there is no antidote available to reverse the effects.
Our Law Firm has filed countless cases against the manufacture pharmaceutical companies Bayer, Johnson & Johnson’s and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, holding them accountable for the harm our clients suffered. Both Bayer and J&J, in fact, never warned patients properly about the medication’s risk. Filing a lawsuit against the manufactures of Xarelto is the only way to get compensation for all the damages you have sustained, these can include emotional injuries, financial loss and even the death of a loved one.
We argue argue that if our clients had been educated on increased risk of bleeding associated with xarelto, then they would have chosen to use a different type of blood thinner like Warfarin, an older medication whose adverse reactions can be stopped by quickly with administering Vitamin K.
What Is Xarelto Used For?
Xarelto is a blood thinner medication used in the treatment and deep vein thrombosis and to prevent stroke in patients with Atrial Fibrillation (Afib). It works by thinning the blood and reducing the risk of blood clots. Bayer chose to market Xarelto as the first blood thinner not to require monitoring. However, opting not to require blood tests to monitor its effects later turned out to be detrimental.
Several studies published in the next few years, including a recent study published in 2015 in the British Medical Journal, pointed out how Xarelto was not a safe medication. Patients treated with this blood thinner and other NOACs such as Pradaxa or Eliquis (apixaban), showed a much higher risk of lethal gastrointestinal bleeding and other life-threatening bleeding events compared to those who took warfarin. Rivaroxaban is also associated with a serious risk of liver injury and damage, generating additional concerns about its purported safety.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) determined that bleeding events are the highest-risk adverse reaction in drug therapy. Xarelto has been classified as one of the most dangerous drugs available on the market by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP). In 2014, the FDA required the makers of this medication to add a new warning to its label, including the infamous “black box” one. The black box is the FDA’s strongest and most urgent type of warning that informs patients about the potentially fatal side effects of medications.
One of the most serious dangers of the use of this anticoagulant is the absence of a proper antidote to reverse its effects. Even the smallest bleeding event can become lethal. Unlike Warfarin, for which the administration of Vitamin K is sufficient to stop the bleeding, Xarelto lacks any antidote to let doctors save a patient’s life.
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Over the years our lawyers have been consistently winning cases for their victims, granting them the rightful compensation for all their suffering. Our attorneys do really care about knowing a victims’ history. Every time a client asks for our help we know that there’s a tale of pain and suffering behind it. We know personally how heavy the burden of losing someone you love can be. Winning a lawsuit can help you cope with the financial draining caused by medical expenses, and most importantly, will ensure you will bring the pharmaceutical companies who harmed you to justice.
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Xarelto gains FDA’s controversial approval
When Xarelto’s approval was first taken into consideration in 2011, the FDA expressed significant concerns about the ROCKET-AF study. This clinical trial allegedly demonstrated the medication’s purported safety and superiority over its competitor Warfarin (Coumadin). However, the FDA recommended against approving this drug because evidence that rivaroxaban would be as effective as advertised on its label was sorely lacking. According to the FDA original report, patients tested spent less than 60 percent of the time at the optimal international normalized ratio (INR). This value measures the time required for blood to form a clot: it’s a parameter that defines the effectiveness of oral blood thinners. This value was inferior to what it was supposed to be to define the NOAC as a safe and effective medication.
Nonetheless, on July 2011, the regulatory agency eventually granted its approval to use rivaroxaban to treat or prevent many life-threatening conditions such as stroke and atrial fibrillation
Xarelto was widely advertised by famous celebrities such as comedian Kevin Nealon, race car driver Brian Vickers, and golf champion Arnold Palmer. During the commercial, Nealon’s punchline focused around inviting patients to choose whether they would prefer spending their days in a blood clinic checking for their drug’s dosage rather than relaxing in a beautiful golf course.
Our Lawyers claim that this ad is misleading and fraudulent, as it does not provide any useful information about the medication’s serious side effects such as irreversible bleedings and stroke. Telling the public that no regular blood test monitoring is needed, may expose them to unnecessary dangers.
Federal Cases keep growing
Since 2013, the number of lawsuits we filed against Bayer AG(the manufacturer of Xarelto) and Janssen Pharmaceutical (the marketer of the drug) on behalf of the many victims injured, never stopped growing.
The first Xarelto victim who died suffered from a severe bleeding to the brain. Ruth McGowan, who filed the lawsuit on behalf of her deceased father, claims that, after using the medication for a month, her father quickly fell ill and then died because of a stroke.
The wife of William Packard filed a lawsuit against Bayer and Janssen after her husband passed away unexpectedly because of the side effects of Xarelto. The ligation states William was prescribed Xarelto for atrial fibrillation and used the drug for jus six months before suffering a fatal stroke.
Letting our Attorneys file a litigation on your behalf is the only way to receive financial compensation for the medical expenses you incurred, but most importantly, it’s a way to bring the pharmaceutical companies who harmed you to justice.
Today there is no known standard settlement amount for Xarelto. In similar drug cases, thousands received settlements averaging from $100,000 up to several million. Your final settlement amount may vary depending on the types of injuries and damages you sustained. Cases like these take years to resolve, and our team is working hard to get you the most amount for your case.
Current Status of the Xarelto Products Liability Case
Due to the statute of limitations, all lawsuits against xarelto not brought in time will be barred so it’s imperative to file your dispute as soon as possible before time runs out. As per January 2017, JPML’s latest records report a total of 15,759 cases currently pending in the MDL, defining the mass tort as one of the biggest in the history of pharmaceutical liability litigations.
Article written by Dr. Claudio Butticè, Pharm.D.