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There have been lots of adverse, life-threatening side effects, including stroke, and even death attributed to the prescription medication Xarelto. This has led to many Xarelto lawsuits in 2019 and before – both individual and class action- filed against manufacturers Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Bayer and Johnson & Johnson. Just to give you an idea, as of November 2018 there are over 23 000 lawsuits pending against Johnson & Johnson. So far, plaintiffs have struggled to hold the manufacturers responsible but with so many cases pending we have high hopes for 2019 and beyond.
If you or a loved one has taken this medication and have suffered some of these life threatening issues, you may be considering filing a lawsuit. However, you may have some questions first.
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 already know what this drug is. 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 FDA has approved this medication for the treatment of abnormal blood clotting, DVT, atrial fibrillation, and pulmonary embolism. 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 the fact that there are many foods that have adverse interactions. Additionally, patients who were taking Warfarin were 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 is seen as the new generation of blood thinners.
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, just as with any 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 great because there are not the interactions with food that Warfarin has, the drawback is that unlike with Warfarin and the other more traditional blood thinners, there is no known antidote. If your levels get too high while you’re 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 wrongful death for those patients who are taking this medication. This is the main reason that the Xarelto litigation has come up.
As of right now, the manufacturers have not provided a successful way to prevent or manage excessive bleeding in those patients who are taking the prescription medication Xarelto. Unlike many of the other thinners, including Warfarin, there is currently no known antidote. Xarelto, or Rivaroxaban, is not dialyzable, which means that it cannot be diffused through a dialyzing membrane- dialysis cannot purge your body from this medication. This is the reason why so many patients have experienced serious issues and even death.
Xarelto is an oral anticoagulant. In most cases, it is prescribed in a dosage of 20 milligrams once daily. The physician typically recommends that the patient take it with their evening meal. Patients can consume their typical diets while taking the drug.
Patients who have experienced some of these more serious side effects and have been injured or killed by Xarelto are seeking some answers to their questions. For example, why did I experience these injuries, or was this preventable?
You should be aware that Johnson Johnson, Bayer and Janssen Pharmaceuticals are being held responsible for their choice to use deception in their advertising of Xarelto and to minimize the serious risk of uncontrollable bleeding associated with this dangerous medication. They did this so that they could make lots of money. It was the patients taking the medication that suffered the consequences.
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/she will be able to do a case evaluation and help you and your family to find answers to any questions you have- and to help you to hold the manufacturer responsible for your injuries, or the death of a loved one. Call (844) 446-5129 to speak about your options.
Manufacturers of medications are responsible for making sure that they are manufacturing safe, reliable drugs. When they fail to test the drug properly, or 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 everywhere. 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 antidote for controlling excessive bleeding, as well as fraudulently claimed that their medication is much more effective than the 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?
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An attorney will be able to help you to find answers to your questions and see to it that these pharmaceutical companies be held 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 for you to make sure that justice does prevail. 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 that are filing lawsuits. They could potentially collect millions of dollars for their pain and suffering.
You should be aware that you’re never expected or required to file a lawsuit. However, if you feel you have a case in 2019, it is necessary that you speak with an attorney as soon as possible. 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 will be able to sit down with you and tell you all 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, the attorney does cases like Xarelto lawsuits on what is called a contingency basis. This means that you don’t pay a dime unless you win. If you do win and come to a settlement, you pay all of the attorney fees out of your award.
This is possible. Read more on the formation of blood cloths with Xarelto.
Xarelto might cause diarrhea or stomach upset in people.
Xarelto might cause side effects. We distinguish between mild and more severe side effects. There is also a list of rare side effects that can occur.