Philadelphia Lawyers for Xarelto Lawsuits

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Bayer, Johnson & Johnson and Janssen, the manufacturers of Xarelto-the latest generation of anticoagulant drug-are now dealing with more recently filed wrongful death lawsuits. In one of the lawsuits, the deceased plaintiff, an older man from New York, used the drug only from May, 2013 to August 2013 then suffered uncontrollable bleeding. The man sustained severe and permanent injuries before dying in December, 2013.

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The family of the deceased claim the drug would never have been used if they had been made aware of the dangers. A second man suffered irreversible brain bleeding as a side effect of taking Xarelto. This patient was prescribed Xarelto in July, 2012 for treatment of atrial fibrillation, and had only used the drug for ten days when he suffered a fatal bleeding event. The family of this Vermont man has also filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

In fact, the plaintiffs claim the manufacturers of Xarelto failed to do many things, including:

  • Failure to provide those taking the drug with adequate warnings regarding potential safety risks.
  • Failure to properly study Xarelto's safety, and did not engage in sufficient research prior to placing the drug on the market.
  • Failure to include a black box warning regarding the risk of uncontrollable bleeding or that there was no known antidote for the drug.
  • Willfully endangered patients by withholding information regarding the risks of Xarelto, even though these risks were known.

Information Regarding Xarelto

Xarelto is generally used to prevent or treat deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism. Among patients who have undergone knee or hip replacement, Xarelto is prescribed as a means of preventing blood clots. Doctors often prescribe Xarelto over the older drugs such as Coumadin and Warfarin, due to the fact that regular blood monitoring is not necessary, there are no known food interactions, and doctors can prescribe a more universal dosage of Xarelto rather than the more specific dosages required with Warfarin and Coumadin.

Dangers of Xarelto

Many doctors don't believe the benefits of Xarelto outweigh the rather serious risks. For instance, unlike Warfarin which has been used since 1954, there is no known antidote to excessive bleeding caused by Xarelto. In a patient taking Warfarin, excessive bleeding can be stopped with a shot of Vitamin K.

Uncontrolled bleeding in a patient taking Xarelto simply cannot be stopped. Interestingly, the Xarelto labeling does include two black box warnings-neither of them regarding uncontrollable bleeding. The first black box warning states that patients who will undergo a spinal tap or receive spinal anesthesia while taking Xarelto could end up with permanent paralysis. The second warns patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation that suddenly discontinuing Xarelto could result in blood clots and stroke.

National Dangerous Drug Lawyers

If you have suffered medical complications, pain, or excessive bleeding after using Xarelto, your injuries may be the result of a drug manufacturer’s negligence. To learn more about your legal options or to schedule a free consultation, call (215) 278-4449. We represent individuals in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and throughout the United States.

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