MEDICAL DEVICE & PHARMACEUTICAL INJURY
Houston Xarelto Lawyer
The blood thinner Xarelto can be dangerous for users.
Ever since Xarelto hit pharmacy shelves in 2011, there have been thousands of injuries, long-term illnesses, and even wrongful deaths linked to the popular blood thinner. Consequently, many victims of the flawed blood thinner filed a Xarelto lawsuit. If you or someone you love has suffered severe injuries from Xarelto, the Houston defective drug attorneys at Reich & Binstock are here to help. Call us today at 713-622-7271 for help from a qualified Xarelto lawsuit lawyer. Our law firm is here to help injured victims file Xarelto class action lawsuits.
What is Xarelto?
Xarelto (rivaroxaban) is a blood thinner intended to significantly reduce the risk of stroke by preventing blood clots.
Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a Johnson & Johnson company, received FDA approval in 2011 to market Xarelto for the following purposes:
- Reducing the risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) that might occur following knee replacement or hip replacement surgery
- Treating DVT and PE and reducing their recurrence following initial treatment
- Reducing the risk of stroke in people who have a type of abnormal heart rhythm called nonvalvular atrial fibrillation
Who Manufactures Xarelto?
Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is the current manufacturer of Xarelto. This Big Pharma company also manufactures many other popular medications, such as Elmiron, Invokana, Risperdal, and Stelara. Two other companies involved with Janssen in the manufacture and sale of Xarelto are Johnson & Johnson and Bayer Corporation.
Many Xarelto users claimed that they suffered unusual bleeding, internal bleeding, infections of wound sites, and other serious side effects and injuries linked to Xarelto use. Large pharmaceutical companies cannot be allowed to fail to warn patients about life-threatening drugs and side effects. That’s why our Xarelto attorneys are standing by to offer a free case evaluation to those affected by Xarelto.
Following almost 50 years of market domination in the class of blood-thinning drugs, the generic drug Warfarin (once sold under the brand names Coumadin and Jantoven) lost a good deal of its market share with the 2011 introduction of Rivaroxaban (sold under the brand name Xarelto). Since then, doctors have prescribed Xarelto millions of times.
Xarelto Side Effects
Similar to any other medication, Xarelto has its fair share of negative side effects, including the following.
- Abdominal pain
- Internal bleeding or vaginal bleeding
- Back pain
- Severe bleeding or fatal bleeding
- Prolonged bleeding
- Vomiting blood
- Red or black stool (bloody stools)
- Pink, red, or brown urine
- Coughing up blood
- Blood clots after stopping Xarelto
- Stroke after stopping Xarelto
- Heavy menstrual periods
- Muscle spasms
- Trouble sleeping
- Anxiety and depression
- Spinal or epidural hematoma
- Allergic reaction
- Acute kidney injuries
Xarelto carries a much higher risk of gastrointestinal bleeding than other direct oral anticoagulants in the market.
What Is Xarelto Prescribed to Treat?
It’s important to understand what Xarelto’s intended uses are.
Below, we briefly outline the conditions that Xarelto intends to treat.
- Prevent blood clots such as deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism
- Lowering the risk of stroke and blood clots in those with atrial fibrillation
- Lowering the risk of DVT and other dangerous blood clots after receiving prolonged treatment for a blood clot
How is Xarelto Different from Warfarin?
The main difference between the two blood thinners is that Xarelto blocks what’s called “Factor Xa,” which is an enzyme needed to form blood clots. Meanwhile, Warfarin interferes with vitamin K and at least six other blood-clotting factors. Additionally, Warfarin requires regular blood testing and dietary restrictions, but Xarelto doesn’t.
No “Safety Valve” for Xarelto
For all its faults, there is a reason why Warfarin persisted in the marketplace for over 50 years: it’s effective, inexpensive, relatively low risk, and there’s a “safety valve.” Another important benefit of Warfarin is that if a patient starts uncontrollably bleeding – a risk with any blood-thinning or anti-clotting medication – an antidote exists. As previously stated, Warfarin interferes with vitamin K. For example, if someone started excessively bleeding from Warfarin, an injection of vitamin K would stabilize the situation. However, no “safety valve” exists for Xarelto, which works on “Factor Xa.”
So, what really happens when taking Xarelto? Once a patient taking Xarelto begins to bleed excessively, it can be very difficult for doctors to stop the bleeding. This can lead to serious injury or even death.
Xarelto Injury Lawsuit
How Many People Died from Using Xarelto?
During Xarelto’s first year on the market, healthcare officials reported more than 2,000 negative side effects along with 151 deaths, according to a report by ISMP. More presently, the FDA reported a total of 15,043 negative side effects due to Xarelto by the end of 2016. This is a 40% increase in injuries and deaths due to Xarelto, according to Drug Safety News. In total, the FDA links 400 deaths to Xarelto, although there are likely hundreds more. In fact, healthcare officials link Xarelto to more severe and deadly bleeding incidents than any other blood thinners.
Uncontrolled Bleeding Starts Xarelto Lawsuit
As shown previously, there’s a lengthy list of side effects linked to Xarelto. But uncontrolled bleeding is the side effect that started the string of Xarelto lawsuits. Additionally, the fact that Xarelto doesn’t have a “safety valve” like other blood thinners is another hang-up in various lawsuits. Many lawsuits also claim that doctors have no way of stopping Xarelto users from bleeding out in an emergency. Plaintiffs in these specific lawsuits link cerebral hemorrhaging and digestive bleeds to Xarelto. Some plaintiffs also claim that Johnson & Johnson purposely hid the risk of deadly bleeding from patients taking Xarelto.
Xarelto Lawsuit Over Kidney Injuries
Another severe, long-term side effect of Xarelto is acute kidney injuries, also known as anticoagulant-related nephropathy. In this type of injury, the kidney tissues that filter urine start hemorrhaging because blood is so thin from Xarelto. Therefore, the hemorrhaging makes blood build up in the kidneys. This can lead to more kidney damage and can additionally lead to renal failure.
Because of the mounting numbers of kidney injuries due to Xarelto, the number of lawsuits naturally mounted as well. Basically, a Xarelto lawsuit will specifically claim that Johnson & Johnson failed to warn patients of kidney injury risks. Even if the risk is less than with Warfarin, it’s still not safe for patients to consume. The lawsuits also claim that Johnson & Johnson isn’t absolved of their legal duty to warn patients of the risks of taking the drug.
Why Do Drug Companies Sometimes Avoid Providing Warnings?
In America, federal law requires drug companies to warn both doctors and patients of the risks of taking certain medications. Occasionally, drug companies avoid providing these warnings because it can scare people away from taking the medication and therefore cut the company’s profits. A Xarelto lawsuit basically claims that the lack of warning about potential kidney injuries breached the drug company’s legal duty.
Johnson & Johnson and Bayer Settlement
In March 2019, Johnson & Johnson and Bayer agreed to settle nearly 25,000 Xarelto lawsuits for $775 million. Each company basically agreed to pay half of the settlement costs. However, there are still 18,000 Xarelto lawsuits pending. Some of the lawsuits are wrongful death actions.
Contaminated Xarelto Recalled
In the midst of thousands of lawsuits, Johnson & Johnson recalled 13,500 bottles of Xarelto in 2014 due to a microbial contamination. The contaminated bottles evidently came from Johnson & Johnson’s Puerto Rico plant. However, the company found only one bottle to be actually contaminated. But out of an abundance of caution, Johnson & Johnson recalled thousands more bottles as well.
What Damages Can Xarelto Victims Receive?
If you or a loved one suffered serious side effects from taking Xarelto, you might be able to receive damages for:
- Past and future medical bills
- Lost wages
- Lost earning potential
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
Many victims also argue that Johnson & Johnson should provide punitive damages for their failure to provide drug warnings.
How Can a Xarelto Attorney Help Me?
Maybe you’ve suffered negative side effects from Xarelto and you’re wondering how an attorney can help you in a Xarelto lawsuit.
A defective drug attorney can:
- Help you determine whether you have a claim
- Determine the parties responsible for your injuries
- File a Xarelto lawsuit
- Negotiate with insurance companies or other attorneys
- Represent you during your Xarelto lawsuit
- Connect you with doctors and resources to help you manage your injuries
- Ensure that you don’t waive your legal rights
How Do I Know If I Have a Case for a Xarelto Lawsuit?
As stated previously, the best way to know if you have a case for a Xarelto lawsuit is to contact an attorney at Reich & Binstock. However, you may not be ready to take that step yet.
Basically, you may have a case if:
- A doctor prescribed you Xarelto
- You took Xarelto as directed by your doctor
- You noticed serious complications shortly after taking Xarelto
Statute of Limitations for Xarelto Lawsuits
While the statute of limitations varies on a state-by-state basis, the general timeline lasts anywhere from one year to four years. The statute of limitations for personal injury cases in Texas is two years from the date of the injury or the date of the discovery of the injury.
Experienced Houston Xarelto Injury Lawyers
There have been thousands of Xarelto lawsuits filed since 2011. If you or someone you love has physically suffered because of Xarelto, you may be entitled to significant compensation. To find out more and to schedule a free consultation with a Xarelto injury lawyer, contact Reich and Binstock at 713-622-7271 today.
Our experienced dangerous drug attorneys have followed the science behind Xarelto for years, now. We’ve compiled findings on the following:
- Legal and Scientific Developments on Pradaxa (Xarelto)
- New Studies Released on Xarelto Bleeding
- Recent Science Addresses Xarelto Bleeding Risk
- With Xarelto, Bleeding Isn’t the Only Issue
- FDA Refuses Expanded Use of Xarelto
- Xarelto Victim Alleges Scientific Information Downplayed
- Potential Xarelto Antidote
- Federal Xarelto Lawsuits Centralized in LA
- Mass Torts for Xarelto
- Xarelto Cited in Clinical Trial Misconduct Report
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