Xarelto, one of the newest blood thinners on the market, is under fire. The number of lawsuits against Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Bayer, the manufacturers, have recently increased. There are currently more than 3,000 lawsuits filed against the manufacturers. Lawsuits allege that the manufacturers misled the public and ignored the FDA. Thousands of patients have filed lawsuits alleging excessive bleeding and even wrongful death as a result of the drug. Many Xarelto lawsuits are seeking damages in excess of $50,000 to cover medical bills, funeral costs, and pain and suffering.
Bayer Ignored The FDA And Continued To Mislead The Public
The FDA updated the warning on Xarelto several times between August 2013 and May 2016. The FDA also contacted Bayer via letter to inform them that the FDA found their marketing of Xarelto to be misleading and that they did not do enough to warn the public about the potential risks of the drug. Bayer did not change their marketing tactics after receiving the letter.
Xarelto Side Effects
The Xarelto lawsuit alleges that the blood thinner causes uncontrolled bleeding. While other blood thinners have the same potential, real issue is that there is no known antidote to uncontrolled bleeding caused by Xarelto. In addition to uncontrolled bleeding, the FDA has received reports about patients taking Xarelto and developing blood clots.
A less publicized, and yet also dangerous, side effect caused by Xarelto usage is seen in patients who must undergo a hip or knee replacement while they are taking the drug. More than 10 reports of wound infections following the replacement surgery have been filed. These infections often required the patients to return back to the operating room.
Xarelto is so dangerous that it is listed on high-alert medication lists because of the “heightened risk of causing significant patient harm.” The lack of an antidote for the uncontrolled bleeding is another reason why the medication is so dangerous.
The Symptoms Of Internal Bleeding
If you’re taking Xarelto, it’s important that you recognize the symptoms of internal bleeding. This is particularly important since there is no known antidote. If you notice any of these symptoms in yourself or a loved one, seek immediate medical treatment:
- Unusual bleeding or bruising
- Your stool is red or looks like tar
- Urine that is pink or brown in color
- Vomit that has blood in it or looks like it has coffee grounds in it
- Coughing up blood
- Severe headaches
- Frequent nosebleeds
- Swelling in your hands, feet, arms, ankles, or lower legs
Internal bleeding is a medical emergency that can lead to internal pressure build up, shock, unconsciousness, and death.
A Xarelto Lawyer Can Help
If you suffered from uncontrolled bleeding while taking Xarelto, you should contact a Xarelto lawyer. A Xarelto lawyer can answer questions that you have about a potential lawsuit and evaluate your claim. You may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, future medical expenses, future loss of earnings, and wrongful death.
Call Goldwater Law Firm immediately and ask to speak with a Xarelto lawyer if you or your loved one suffered from uncontrolled bleeding while taking this dangerous medication.