If you or a loved one has been injured or developed a serious medical condition after taking Xarelto, you may have legal rights that can help you recover damages for your injuries. Xarelto is an anticoagulant – a blood thinner designed to prevent blood clotting and reduce the risk of stroke in patients. There are several purported benefits of using Xarelto, including:
- Reduced risk of stroke in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation;
- Treating and reducing reoccurrence of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism;
- Preventing blood clots in patients following knee or hip replacement surgery.
Xarelto Injuries & Side Effects
Xarelto is the top-prescribed anticoagulant in the United States and is manufactured by a Johnson and Johnson subsidiary, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, licensed by Bayer Corporation. Xarelto was initially approved by the FDA in July 2011 for preventing deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. In November 2011 the FDA approved Xarelto for preventing stroke in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation.
Patients with liver and kidney problems, those who are pregnant or breastfeeding, those who get spinal injections or epidurals are advised not to take Xarelto for health-related concerns. And while the FDA has not issued a recall for Xarelto, there have been numerous problems resulting from usage of the drug. Adverse side effects from Xarelto include:
- Abnormal liver function,
- Reduced platelet levels,
- Dizziness, rapid heartbeat, and vomiting,
- Low blood pressure,
- Muscle pain, headache, and bruising
- Recurring nosebleeds, edema, and anemia,
- Spinal and epidural clots that can lead to paralysis,
- Hematoma, infection, reduced range of motion, and site-specific chronic pain.
In many cases, reoperation or retreatment is necessary following wound complications. The most serious side effect is uncontrollable, internal bleeding, including gastrointestinal, abdominal, rectal or brain hemorrhage. The most serious of these cases can result in death. In 2014, the FDA mandated that Johnson and Johnson update the black box warning, the most urgent type of FDA warning that indicates serious or fatal side effects.
Because Xarelto is the top-prescribed anticoagulant in the U.S., our attorneys have seen a large number of claims from injured patients and expect the number of claims to continue to increase. Many patients have reported suffering from excessive bleeding while taking Xarelto medication.
Concerns Over FDA's Approval and J&J's Recall
Xarelto has a long list of drug interactions that could cause these side effects. What makes Xarelto even more dangerous is the fact that currently, there is no anecdote to stop uncontrollable bleeding, as there are with other types of anticoagulants. Hemorrhaging will continue until the drug is no longer in the system, but it cannot be flushed out with dialysis.
Although the FDA has not issued a recall for these health concerns, Johnson and Johnson’s subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals has issued a recall of certain Xarelto prescriptions because of microbial contaminations of the drug.
What's also concerning is that the FDA's approval process of Xarelto is questionable. The regulatory review was on fast-track, which often occurs in order to get a drug on the market to treat patients faster. This was controversial because although Xarelto appears to be effective, there is no indication that it is superior to warfarin, the other major anticoagulant. Data integrity is also controversial. There were some breaches of safety and clinical trial protocols, and adverse side effects were underreported. Clinical trials are currently underway for indications not yet approved by the FDA.
The attorneys and legal staff at Davis Law Group have the experience and expertise necessary to help injured victims who have taken Xarelto medication get the compensation they deserve after suffering from these dangerous side effects. If you are looking for a Seattle-area lawyer to represent you in a personal injury claim after taking Xarelto, please contact us immediately to discuss your legal rights and options.
News Involving Xarelto Bleeding Lawsuits
Newest Blood-Thinning Drugs Are The Subject Of A Troubling, In-Depth Series On Their Safety
MinnPost.com - Susan Perry, 8/6/2015
Drug manufacturers claim that today's anticoagulant medications are much more convenient for patients than decades-old warfarin. In this story, reporters take an in-depth look at the numerous safety issues experienced by patients taking anticoagulant medication - including Xarelto, Eliquis, and Pradaxa - and how many people are unaware of these risks before taking them.
New Anticoagulant Drugs Provide Stroke Prevention With Dose Of Danger
JSOnline.com - John Fauber/Coulter Jones, 8/1/2015
Xarelto is among the most prescribed blood-thinning medication in the United States today, but is it safe for consumers? Specifically, medical patients with atrial fibrillation are led to believe that Xarelto and similar drugs are safer and more convenient than warfarin. But the numbers suggest that many patients experience serious bleeding and other side effects after taking the medication.
Patients who suffer from atrial fibrillation can experience blood clost which increase the risk of a stroke, which often leads to doctors prescribing anticoagulant medication such as Xarelto. However, many patients who are prescribed this medication do not fully understand the serious health risks associated with such medication and often fall victim to the side effects.
A Year Without Christmas
Boston.com - Staff, 12/24/2014
Boston.com covers a devastating story of a woman who spent the holiday season recovering from serious side-effects and complications after taking anticoagulant medication.