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 oral anticoagulant not to require monitoring. However, opting not to require blood tests to monitor its effects later turned out to be detrimental.

One of the most serious dangers associated with the use of this anticoagulant is the absence of a proper reversal agent to save a patient’s life. 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 allow doctors save a patient’s life.

What Xarelto Injuries Qualify For Compensation?

Xarelto Bleeding events are probably the most publicized reasons to file for compensation since this adverse side effect can usually lead to death.

Gastrointestinal Bleeding is another reason to file since it is one of the most common forms of hidden bleeding caused by this dangerous blood thinner. GI bleeding has been found to be frequent in the elderly patients and those who are currently under treatment with other medications such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). It includes hemorrhages of the stomach, small intestine, colon, rectum, esophagus and anus (hemorrhoids). Several gastrointestinal bleeding lawsuits have been filed over the course of the last two years, so if your stomach hurts when you’re taking Xarelto, maybe that’s a warning symptom you should not overlook.

Another qualifying injury is an intracranial hemorrhage, being one of the principal risks listed in this medication label. If a patient is taking rivaroxaban, once the adverse reaction starts doctors have no way to stop it. A cerebral bleeding may require hours to subside and may cause a fatal stroke. While physicians wait for the medication to be flushed out from the subject’s body, the damage caused could be permanent.

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.

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 possibly stroke. Telling the public that no regular blood test monitoring is needed, may expose them to unnecessary dangers.

Xarelto Trials Consolidated (MDL Number 2592)

Due to the high number of Xarelto litigations that have been filed, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation consolidated these cases into a multidistrict litigation (MDL Number 2592) in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana presided over by Judge Eldon Fallon, and a mass tort class action in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

An MDL is used to speed up the legal procedures by consolidating many cases into a single one, choosing some of them as the most representative ones (in this case, four cases have been selected). If your dispute becomes a part of an MDL, you will still keep your own lawyer, and your case will be handled as an individual one.

Xarelto Litigation Cases Pending

McGowan v. Janssen

Thomas Dunkley was the first Xarelto victim who died after suffering 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 to prevent a risk of stroke, Mr. Dunkley quickly fell ill and then died. Doctors were not able to stop the cerebral hemorrhage, and the poor man died in agony shortly after being hospitalized. The plaintiff accuses Bayer and Janssen of not properly testing rivaroxaban before it was distributed to the public and concealing its dangers with a misleading advertisement campaign.

Packard v. Janssen

William Packard’s wife filed a litigation against Xarelto’s manufacturers after her husband passed away unexpectedly because of the side effects of Xarelto. Attorneys states Mr. Packard was prescribed Xarelto for atrial fibrillation and used the anticoagulant for jus six months before suffering a fatal stroke. Skilled physicians desperately tried to save him with cranial surgery, but the bleeding could not be stopped and eventually caused the man’s death. William’s family now seeks financial compensation, and accuses the pharmaceutical company of not adequately warning the public about the dangerous consequences stemming from the absence of an antidote.

Statute of limitation on filing your case

Due to the statute of limitations, all lawsuits against Bayer and Janssen 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.

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