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If you are currently taking or previously took the popular blood thinner Xarelto and experienced side effects, you might want to file a lawsuit against its manufacturer. We discuss your rights below.
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There have been lots of adverse, life-threatening side effects associated with Xarelto. These include such serious side effects as stroke an even death attributed to the prescription medication Xarelto. This has led to many Xarelto lawsuits – both individual and class action claims – filed against manufacturers, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Bayer, and Johnson & Johnson. As of November 2018. there were over 23,000 lawsuits pending against Johnson & Johnson alone. So far, plaintiffs have struggled to hold the manufacturers responsible but with so many cases pending, the potential for recovery increases.
If you or a loved one has taken the medication Xarelto and suffered some of the life- threatening side effects associated with this drug, you may be considering filing a lawsuit. However, you likely have many questions.
Following are some of the most commonly asked questions. If you’d like to contact us now, send us a message.
Chances are, if you’re considering filing a Xarelto lawsuit, you are already aware of the drug and its uses. However, just in case you’re not familiar with it, you should know that Xarelto (rivaroxaban) is a popular blood thinner. It is often prescribed for the prevention of blood clot formation after heart surgery, knee/hip replacement, or even strokes. It has also been prescribed for individuals suffering from atrial fibrillation.
The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has approved this medication for the treatment of abnormal blood clotting, DVT, atrial fibrillation, and pulmonary embolism. Additionally, there are also some “off-label” uses for this medication that your physician may prescribe it for.
For many years, physicians have been prescribing the blood thinner medication Warfarin in order to treat and prevent clots. However, in addition to taking the medication Warfarin, patients were told that they also needed to change their diets and lifestyles due to many foods having adverse interactions with the medication. Patients who were taking Warfarin were also required to receive regular monitoring in order to keep their levels at the optimum level. Xarelto is said to work differently than Warfarin and patients who take Xarelto are not required to change their diets or lifestyles or to undergo regular monitoring. Together with Pradaxa (dabigatran), Xarelto represents the new generation of blood thinners that imposes fewer limitations on patients.
Xarelto is known as a selective inhibitor of the Factor Xa. It works by hindering free Factor Xa, as well as prothrombinase activity. However, it does not seem to have a direct effect on the aggregation of platelets. Therefore, the formation of blood clots is prevented.
Yes, there are side effects of Xarelto. Just as with many other medication, Xarelto does have some side effects, some of which have caused the concerns that have led to mass tort lawsuits. Patients who are taking this medication might experience spinal hematomas, severe bleeding, prolonged bleeding, abdominal bleeding, internal bleeding, brain hemorrhaging, strokes, heart attacks, and even death.
Though Xarelto is preferred because it does not have the same food interactions that Warfarin has, the drawback is that unlike with Warfarin and the other more traditional blood thinners, there is no known remedy if you experience excessive bleeding. If your levels get too high while you are taking this medication, there is very little that medical personnel will be able to do to keep you from bleeding excessively. There is a serious and real risk of bleeding to death for patients who are taking this medication. This is the main reason that the Xarelto litigation involving many wrongful death claims has arisen.
Currently, Xarelto manufacturers have not provided an effective way to prevent or manage excessive bleeding. Unlike many of the other thinners, including Warfarin, there is currently no known antidote to this problem. Xarelto, or Rivaroxaban, is not dialyzable, which means that it cannot be diffused through a dialyzing membrane. So, dialysis cannot purge your body from this medication. This is the reason why so many patients have experienced serious issues and even death after taking this medication and bleeding excessively.
Xarelto is an oral anticoagulant. In most cases, it is prescribed in a dosage of 20 milligrams to be taken once daily. Physicians typically recommend that patients take this medication with their evening meal. Patients can consume their typical diets while taking the drug.
Patients who have experienced some of the more serious side effects associated with Xarelto use and have been injured by this medication are currently seeking answers to their questions, such as “why did I experience these injuries?” and “was my injury preventable?” Family members who have lost loved ones wonder how they can hold the manufacturers responsible for their loss.
You should be aware that product liability lawyers across the country are aggressively pursuing claims against Johnson & Johnson, Bayer and Janssen Pharmaceuticals. The lawsuits they have filed allege that the manufacturers were negligent in manufacturing the drug, they failed to properly test the drug, and they failed to warn patients of the potential of experiencing uncontrolled bleeding. Some lawsuits go a step further and allege deceptive advertising, including concealing evidence of the dangers to the government and the public, misrepresenting the drug’s safety in its marketing material, and falsely promoting the drug as not requiring monitoring, which undermines the determination of the suitability of the drug for a particular patient.
If you took Xarelto and want to know if you qualify for a case, you should speak with an attorney who is experienced with pharmaceutical litigation. He or she will conduct a case evaluation and help you and your family find answers to any questions you have about this process. He or she will work diligently to help you hold the manufacturer responsible for your injuries or the death of a loved one.
Manufacturers of medications are responsible for making sure that they are manufacturing safe, reliable drugs. When they fail to test the drug properly, market it deceptively, or even push the off label uses of a particular drug, they are running the risk of causing serious harm to consumers. At this time, the manufacturers of Xarelto are facing some serious lawsuits that are claiming that they used deceptive marketing to sell Xarelto and minimized the risk of the medication. Additionally, they did not offer physicians an effective way to control excessive bleeding and allegedly fraudulently claimed that their medication is much more effective than traditional blood thinners. Consider this: would you have taken Rivaroxaban (the generic brand name) if you had been aware of the risk of excessive bleeding, or would your doctor have prescribed it if these reactions were known? These are crucial questions that claimants are demanding answers for in their Xarelto lawsuits.
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An attorney can help you find answers to your questions and take legal action to hold these pharmaceutical companies responsible for their actions – as well as their inactions – through mass tort lawsuits. Dangerous medications should not be placed on the market and allowed to harm patients. A personal Injury lawyer can file a lawsuit on your behalf and demand maximum compensation for the injuries you suffered. Currently, there are many individuals who have been harmed by Xarelto or have had a family member die as a result of taking the popular blood thinner. These individuals are filing lawsuits. They could potentially collect millions of dollars for their pain and suffering and other damages.
You should be aware that you’re never expected or required to file a lawsuit. However, if you feel you have a case in 2023, it is necessary that you speak with an attorney as soon as possible. You have a limited amount of time to file a claim. You really do deserve to have all of the facts and to explore your legal options. Know that you never have to suffer in silence, you’re not alone. An attorney can meet with you and inform you of your legal options (for example multidistrict litigation mdl) and then help you decide what the right decision is for both you and your family.
In most cases, attorneys who file cases like Xarelto lawsuits work on a contingency basis. This means that you do not pay any legal fees unless your attorney secures a verdict or settlement on your behalf. If you do win and reach a settlement, you pay all of the attorney fees out of your award.
It is possible to develop a blood clot while taking Xarelto. Read more on the formation of blood cloths with Xarelto.
Xarelto might cause diarrhea or stomach upset in people.
Xarelto might cause a variety of side effects. We distinguish between mild and more severe side effects. There is also a list of rare side effects that can occur when taking Xarelto, including stroke, excessive bleeding, brain hemorrhaging, and even death.