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Are Victims Still Filing Lawsuits Against Xarelto?

Xarelto LawsuitsXarelto, a blood thinner first approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in July 2011 to help prevent or reduce the risk of blood clots, is now the subject of approximately 1,700 lawsuits, as of October 2015.

A common complaint connecting most of the drug lawsuits is the allegation that Xarelto’s manufacturers (Bayer and Johnson & Johnson) failed to conduct thorough research into its risks. Another common complaint: The manufacturers failed to post adequate warnings about known side effects.

Since it was introduced, Xarelto has been prescribed to millions of Americans for a variety of ailments, but lawsuits against Xarelto continue to be filed.

What are the Side Effects of Xarelto?

An array of side effects has been attributed to drug. Many of these stem from the uncontrollable bleeding the drug may trigger. Currently, there is no antidote for the bleeding, and it may require hospitalization. Other serious side effects can include:

  • Paralysis
  • Leg weakness
  • Stroke
  • Adrenal bleeding
  • Epidural hematoma
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Decreased haemoglobin
  • Bowel or bladder problems
  • Retinal or intracranial hemorrhaging

Why Are People Filing Lawsuits Against Xarelto?

Despite the side effects alleged in the drug lawsuits that have been filed, Xarelto continues to be prescribed by doctors. The manufacturers claim the drug is safe and that bleeding is a common side effect for many blood thinners. The manufacturers maintain the side effects connected with Xarelto are clearly communicated to consumers and medical professionals.

Yet the lawsuits persist. Here are three typical examples:

  • One involves a Kentucky resident who filed a case against Bayer in the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. She claims she suffered severe gastrointestinal bleeding in 2013 due to Xarelto, requiring hospitalization.
  • Another suit concerns a Vermont resident who filed suit on behalf of her deceased father, whom she alleges suffered fatal bleeding in his brain because of Xarelto. She believes Bayer and Janssen Pharmaceuticals concealed knowledge of safety risks associated with the drug.
  • The survivors of an 88-year old Wisconsin resident are also suing the drug’s manufacturers because they believe the woman died because of complications brought on by Xarelto.

Many more lawsuits against Xarelto are pending, with the first bellwether trial (a trial which goes before a jury) scheduled to begin in February 2017. Additional trials are scheduled for later in 2017.

Where Can I Get Help?

If you or a loved one have suffered due to side effects attributed to Xarelto, help is at hand. The Bradley Law Firm is experienced in dealing with similar cases. Free, confidential case evaluations are available to help you understand your legal rights.

If you would like to speak with an attorney experienced in dealing with pharmaceutical companies, call us at 314-400-0000.

Sources

http://www.jsonline.com/watchdog/watchdogreports/new-anticoagulant-drugs-provide-stroke-prevention-with-dose-of-danger-b99545719z1-320303991.html

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/ucm367392.htm

http://blogs.wsj.com/pharmalot/2014/08/29/the-clot-thickens-lawyers-boost-spending-to-solicit-xarelto-lawsuits/

Xarelto Lawsuits Mounting Over Uncontrollable Bleeding: Bayer Funds Study Concluding Drug is Safe

https://www.lawyersandsettlements.com/articles/xarelto/xarelto-lawsuit-death-bleeding-issue-28-21006.html#.VqJD6SorKUk

http://www.silversteingroup.net/mass-tort-ad-watch-blog/xarelto-debuts-as-top-ad-target

http://www.rightinginjustice.com/news/2015/08/24/xarelto-linked-to-major-bleeding-events/

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