Xarelto Lawsuits On The Rise
The number of lawsuits involving the questionable blood thinning medication Xarelto continues to rise despite the growing concerns and allegation surrounding its use.
A number of recent media reports have shown that number of Xarelto lawsuits filed nationwide has continued to grow with no signs of slowing. August saw nearly 400 new lawsuits added to the Xarelto multidistrict litigation.
The Xarelto lawsuits allege that patients suffered significant, life-threatening side effects that most commonly include uncontrolled internal bleeding.
Recent court documents from the multidistrict litigation against Xarelto's makers show that over 1,200 Xarelto lawsuits have been consolidated for pretrial proceedings. This number is up from the 800 lawsuits that shared the same status in June earlier this year.
For those unfamiliar with Xarelto, it is a blood thinning medication that has been used to reduce the risk of blood clots and strokes. It is a new generation anticoagulant approved in 2011 manufactured by Bayer and marketed here in the United States by Janssen Pharmaceuticals.
Marketed as a safe and effective blood thinner, Xarelto has been presented as a better option to warfarin (Coumadin) because it is believed that Xarelto is easier to use and does not require blood monitoring.
Xarelto was released onto the market without an antidote to bleeding events. Its competitor, warfarin, comes with an antidote to counteract any blood thinning effects that become problematic or life-threatening. Aside from not having an antidote, Xarelto is also more costly than warfarin.
Common side effects that have devastated those who have taken Xarelto include blood clots, gastrointestinal bleeding, spinal bleeding, intracranial bleeding, stroke and death. The lawsuits allege that patients on Xarelto should have blood monitoring as there has been a risk of uncontrolled internal bleeding.
Adverse event reports have flooded into the Food and Drug Administration from patients taking Xarelto. There have also been several studies that show Xarelto carries as much or more risk than other blood thinners like warfarin.
If you or a loved one has suffered severe consequences of using Xarelto, you may be entitled to damages including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Contact a tort attorney at Lowe Law Group today and learn more about your case with a free consultation.