Dozens of Xarelto lawsuits have been consolidated into a multidistrict litigation, but more and more plaintiffs are deciding to file their own lawsuits against the drug’s makers.
One such lawsuit filed in January 2105 alleges that Xarelto prevented the plaintiff’s blood from congealing properly, and charges that Janssen Research and Development and Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, the makers of Xarelto, downplayed the risks of the drug, particularly the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding.
Another Xarelto lawsuit was filed March 20, 2015 by a dozen plaintiffs in California, who are suing the drug’s maker of putting consumers’ health at risk while continuing to market Xarelto. This particular lawsuit notes that unlike Coumadin (warfarin), Xarelto does not require any rigorous and ongoing monitoring.
Xarelto plaintiffs’ allege that Janssen and Bayer should have been more proactive in warning the public about the drug’s potential side effects, which include irreversible brain bleeding and uncontrollable hemorrhaging. The suits charge that the marketing of Xarelto wrongly communicated to health care providers that follow-up testing was not necessary, according to court documents. As of January 2015 there were 73 lawsuits alleging injury from Xarelto bleeding events.
What is Xarelto?
Xarelto is an anticoagulant that works by blocking certain clotting proteins in the blood. It is used to prevent blood clots from forming due to an irregular heartbeat, after hip or knee replacement surgery, and to treat deep vein thrombosis and to prevent clots from forming again.
Doctors have been searching for many years for an anticoagulant that didn’t require the stringent scrutinizing that warfarin does, and thought Xarelto might be the answer – until it was discovered that the blood thinner had become associated with numerous severe bleeding events. Vitamin K will swiftly counteract the blood thinning properties of warfarin, but as of yet there is no effective antidote for Xarelto.
If you or a loved one has suffered serious, uncontrollable bleeding while on Xarelto, you should speak with Childers, Schlueter & Smith today about seeking compensation. It may be the only way to alleviate the financial hardship that has been placed upon you.
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