Have You or a Loved One Suffered Excessive Bleeding After Taking Xarelto?
Over the years, Xarelto has been advertised as a convenient, new kind of blood-thinning medication that spares users from restricting their diets or undergoing routine blood testing.
However, while boasting of the drug’s many purported benefits, the companies behind this product may have failed to adequately warn patients and their doctors about the serious risk of uncontrollable – and potentially fatal – internal bleeding that Xarelto users may face.
If you believe that you or a loved one was unknowingly exposed to this excessive bleeding risk while taking Xarelto, The Driscoll Firm would like to help you.
We are a national leader in defective drug litigation. We are now reviewing the potential legal claims of Xarelto users and their families from across the country.
When you are ready to take legal action, connect with us today to discuss your case in a free and confidential consultation.
What Is Our Experience with Drug Injury Cases?
Attorney John J. Driscoll and The Driscoll Firm are a group of highly skilled and experienced trial attorneys. We have an extensive background with helping those who have suffered harm from dangerous pharmaceutical products, including:
- Being appointed as State Liaison in litigation involving Viagra in Illinois and Just for Men in California
- Being appointed to serve as a member of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in Lipitor litigation currently underway in California
- Resolving claims for thousands of clients in cases involving Baycol, Paxil, Celexa, Vioxx and many other drugs.
We believe our experience and leadership with handling highly complex civil litigation and with representing clients from across the country can make a meaningful difference for those we serve.
Our firm uses advances in technology to handle the investigation of these cases as well as to maintain steady communication with our clients – no matter where they live.
How Should Xarelto Help You?
The Driscoll Firm currently is focusing on cases involving Xarelto, which is manufactured and distributed by Bayer HealthCare and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson.
Xarelto belongs to a group of anticoagulant medications that includes Pradaxa and Eliquis. These drugs have been marketed as convenient alternatives to Coumadin (warfarin). Xarelto has been the leading seller in the group, with roughly $1.9 billion in sales in 2015 alone, the New York Times reports.
Like Coumadin, Xarelto prevents blood clots. The drug contains an active ingredient, rivaroxoban, which keeps the body from producing thrombin, an enzyme that plays a major role in the formation of blood clots.
Xarelto, specifically, prevents the development of a thrombus. This is a type of blood clot that can detach and block circulation, leading to a stroke or heart attack.
The blood thinner is widely prescribed to prevent or treat deep vein thrombosis (blood clots in the legs) and pulmonary embolism (blood clots in the lungs) among patients who:
- Recently had knee or hip replacement surgery
- Suffer from atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat) unrelated to heart valve issues.
Unlike Coumadin, vitamin K does not interfere with the blood-thinning effects of Xarelto. Thus, Xarelto users do not need to limit their vitamin K intake and do not require regular blood testing, according to the companies behind the drug.
How Can Xarelto Harm You?
The problem with Xarelto is that vitamin K cannot be used to reverse the drug’s effects, and no other antidote is available.
If a Xarelto user suffers a severe bleeding event, it may be impossible to get the bleeding under control until after the drug has passed through the person’s system – which could take several hours.
A Xarelto user may, in turn, suffer hemorrhaging, or the bursting of a blood vessel, if a bleeding event occurs. The excessive, uncontrollable bleeding may lead to:
- Heart attack
In recent years, numerous lawsuits have been filed against Bayer and Johnson & Johnson, alleging serious injuries and deaths caused by Xarelto use.
The manufacturers of similar anticoagulants have faced lawsuits as well. In 2014, German drug company Boehringer Ingelheim, the Pradaxa manufacturer, agreed to pay $650 million to settle more than 4,000 lawsuits that were filed in state and federal courts.
Has Xarelto Been Recalled?
Neither Bayer nor Johnson & Johnson have voluntarily recalled Xarelto. Also, the
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates the country’s pharmaceutical industry, has not requested or ordered a recall of the drug, either.
However, as the New York Times reports, the FDA is investigating whether Johnson & Johnson knew that a faulty blood-testing device was used in the 2010 clinical trial that ultimately led to the FDA’s approval of Xarelto for the U.S. market.
According to the newspaper, the device, called INRatio, may have led doctors to give wrong dosages of warfarin to patients in the trial, leading to a greater number of bleeding episodes among those users which, in turn, gave “an unfair advantage to Xarelto.”
The newspaper further reports that internal company documents show that doctors complained about the blood-testing device during the clinical trial. The manufacturer of the device used in the Xarelto clinical trial ultimately recalled it in 2014.
If Harmed By Xarelto Use, Can You Take Legal Action?
If you or a loved one uses Xarelto, you should pay close attention to the following signs, which may indicate excessive internal bleeding – specifically in the brain or gastrointestinal system.
- Coughing or vomiting blood
- Heavy menstruation
- Prolonged, severe headaches
- Dizziness or faintness
- Numbness or tingling in the arms and legs
- Bleeding in the nose or gums
- Dark, tarry stool
- Dark-colored urine.
If you detect these symptoms, you should consult with your treating doctor without delay. You should not stop using Xarelto or any other blood-thinning medication until you have discussed it with your doctor first.
You should also contact The Driscoll Firm. We can review the facts of your case and begin an immediate investigation that includes a review of your medical records and consultation with highly qualified medical experts.
Our goal will be to determine the nature and severity of the harm you have suffered as well as the extent and duration of that harm.
Our firm currently is examining whether the companies behind Xarelto knew of the excessive bleeding risks associated with the drug but failed to adequately warn both consumers and doctors about these risks.
What Can You Expect in a Xarelto Lawsuit?
A Xarelto legal claim may be pursued as either a part of a class-action lawsuit or as a separate, individual lawsuit, which may be consolidated with other lawsuits in order to handle pretrial litigation in as timely and cost-efficient of a manner as possible.
When lawsuits filed in federal courts are consolidated, they become part of what is called a “multidistrict litigation” proceeding, or MDL.
Currently, more than 5,000 lawsuits that were filed in federal courts across the country are being litigated in the Xarelto MDL in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana (MDL No. 2592).
Within the coming year, a select number of cases in the MDL will be chosen as “bellwether cases” and set for trial. While the outcomes of those trials will not be binding on future Xarelto trials, the outcomes can play a major role in shaping future litigation and potential settlement of legal claims.
At The Driscoll Firm, our goal will be to seek a full and fair recovery for all of the harm that you or your loved may have suffered due to excessive bleeding caused by Xarelto use, including:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost income and diminished future earning ability
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering.
If you have lost a loved one due to Xarelto use, we may seek wrongful death damages that include compensation for:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of services and financial support
- Loss of love, affection and companionship.
If, at any point, the manufacturers of Xarelto extend a settlement offer to you individually or make a “global settlement” offer that seeks to resolve multiple Xarelto lawsuits, you can count on The Driscoll Firm to:
- Provide a comprehensive review of the settlement offer
- Advise you about all aspects concerning the acceptance or rejection of the offer.
We will charge no fees for our legal services unless we obtain a settlement or verdict for you.
Our Lawyers Are Reviewing Xarelto Cases
If you or a loved one has suffered excessive internal bleeding, stroke or heart attack after using Xarelto, you owe it to yourself to learn more about your legal rights and options.
Contact The Driscoll Firm without delay. We work with clients throughout the country. We can put our skill, experience and leadership in defective drug litigation to work for you.
Sources / More Information:
- Xarelto Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2592), U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
- Trial for Bayer Drug Xarelto Under Scrutiny Over Defective Device, Reuters
- Xarelto Safety Information, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
- Xarelto, WebMD
- $650 Million to Settle Blood Thinner Lawsuits, New York Times
- D.A. Asks If Faulty Blood Monitor Tainted Xarelto Approval, New York Times