Xarelto Lawsuit: What You Should Know About This Dangerous Blood Thinning Drug
Uncontrolled bleeding is a dangerous side effect linked to Xarelto, a blood-thinning medication that has already prompted lawsuits. Alarmingly, some patients who took Xarelto to treat various conditions experienced bleeding that would not stop. The drug (rivaroxaban) has no known reversal agent-which means that once the bleeding starts after taking Xarelto, there is no way to stop it.
If you or a loved one used this anticoagulant drug and experienced dangerous side effects, contact Coplan & Crane immediately to know your rights. We will listen to you and help you decide the best course of action. Call an experienced attorney today: 800-394-6002. You also can complete the free case consultation form on this page and click submit.
People affected by this drug may need to file a Xarelto lawsuit because they suffered financial losses, including medical expenses and lost wages from not being able to go to work. Families who have lost loved ones who used Xarelto also may be entitled to compensation for emotional distress and funeral expenses, among other damages.
A lawsuit can hold by the companies that developed and marketed the product-Bayer or Janssen Pharmaceuticals-accountable for putting a dangerous drug into the hands of consumers who received no warnings about the risks associated with taking the medication. When big drug companies fail to test drugs thoroughly before putting them on the market, they put people's lives at risk. They put profits ahead of safety. A lawsuit can send a message that such choices are unacceptable.
Background about Xarelto
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Xarelto on July 1, 2011. As a factor Xa inhibitor, Xarelto is part of a class of anticoagulant drugs that prevent blood clots. Doctors prescribe the drug for three uses:
- To reduce the risk of forming a blood clot in patients with atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat), and in people who have undergone knee or hip replacement surgery
- To treat deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
- To treat pulmonary embolism (PE)
Xarelto was introduced as an alternative to warfarin, a long-established, safe treatment for preventing stroke and systemic embolism (blood clots). While all blood thinning medications carry a risk of uncontrolled bleeding events, Xarelto has a higher risk than other anticoagulants, some recent studies have found. The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) found that Xarelto had a high rate of bleeding events.
Unlike Xarelto warfarin does have a reversal agent if a patient experiences a bleeding event.
In March 2014, the FDA changed its boxed warning on Xarelto to alert the medical community about bleeding risks.
How do I know if I have a Xarelto case?
Be aware of certain symptoms that can be a sign of bleeding related to the use of Xarelto:
- Sudden bleeding that may last a long time, including frequent nose bleeds, unusual bleeding of the gums, excessive menstrual bleeding or vaginal bleeding
- Uncontrolled or severe bleeding
- Red, pink or brown urine
- Stools with a bright red or black, tarlike appearance
- Coughing up blood
- Vomiting blood
- Headaches, dizziness or feeling weak
- Pain, swelling or new drainage at wound sites
If you or a loved one experienced adverse side effects, seek immediate medical attention. It's also critical to speak with an attorney as soon as possible. If you're not sure you have a case or have questions, call 800-394-6002. Your consultation is always free. If you wait too long, you may give up your right to take legal action.
Why you need to contact Coplan & Crane today
Big pharmaceutical companies and insurance companies typically have teams of lawyers. They're paid to look out for the best interests of these corporations. If you try to go up against them on your own, you risk getting less than you deserve. That's why it's important to talk to an experienced attorney who can look out for your best interests.
If you or a loved one used Xarelto and experienced a serious bleeding event, we want to hear from you. We can explain your rights and help you understand your options. Talk to Coplan & Crane today.