Xarelto Lawsuit Attorney
Xarelto is one of the newer anticoagulant medications used to thin the body’s
blood. It was introduced by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Johnson
& Johnson. This drug prevents blood from clotting and obstructing
its flow to vital organs. The thing that sets Xarelto apart from similar
products is its dosage instructions. Older anticoagulants require specific
dosing on an individual basis. Xarelto is prescribed in one dose for all
patients. In the past, traditional anticoagulants required regular blood
monitoring, which was considered a hassle. Xarelto was touted as the first
and sole prescription blood thinner that did not bring this inconvenience.
Many patients trying to manage health concerns and maintain a normal life
felt this was a great option.
Originally, this drug was FDA approved for patients who had knee or hip
replacement surgeries. It lowered risks for developing blood clots and
strokes. Eventually, it was also approved for general treatment of deep
vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. Although it was successful, it
brought a number of potentially serious side effects. Xarelto is a drug
used to prevent blood clots from forming in people who have had hip or
knee replacement surgery. It was released by Janssen Pharmaceuticals,
a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. Although all anticoagulants bring
the possibility of internal bleeding, Xarelto has been associated with
elevated risks that exceed manufacturer’s warnings. Since there
is no approved reversal agent, the bleeding problems from taking Xarelto
A large number of patients who suffered damage and injuries from taking
Xarelto have sought legal assistance and have filed lawsuits claiming
Johnson & Johnson never communicated the drug’s risks of bleeding.
Despite the dangers, many claim the manufacturer used an “over-the-top”
marketing ploy to get physicians to prescribe the drug.
Many families have filed lawsuits on behalf of their deceased loved ones.
Wrongful death suits accuse J&J of hiding vital safety information
and not performing thorough tests before Xarelto was marketed.
With older blood thinners, it is necessary for patients to receive routine
blood testing and undergo constant dosage adjustments. It is also necessary
to follow a restricted diet. Since Xarelto was introduced as a “one-size-fits-all”
medicine, it was marketed as a panacea to all the inconveniences associated
with other drugs. However, this is the main reason Xarelto is very dangerous.
Medical experts explain it has a low therapeutic index, which means it
is only safe at specific points.
Besides bleeding complications, other lawsuits have been filed over different
issues. Patients who took Xarelto after hip and knee replacement surgeries
experienced great risk of infection and the need for future surgeries.
J&J heavily pushed this drug on doctors. However, there were safer
and more effective ways to stop the formation of clots following these
Currently, there are no class action lawsuits against Xarelto, but the
amount of cases against the manufacturer is growing. Due to the high number
of claims, they have been consolidated into multidistrict litigation in
Louisiana and Philadelphia. As of April 2015, over 400 cases were contained.
Plaintiffs whose lawsuits have become part of MDL keep their private lawyers,
and each case is handled on an individual basis.
In Philadelphia, Virginia Stuntebeck was one of the first patients to file
a lawsuit against the manufacturer. She experienced massive gastrointestinal
bleeding. She complained J&J never warned the public about bleeding risks.
In 2014, one of the first wrongful death suits was filed by Ruth McGowen
on behalf of her deceased father. This man took Xarelto to lower his risk
of having a stroke. However, he experienced bleeding in his brain. The
suit claims J&J concealed the drug’s safety risks and never
properly tested the medication.
Another wrongful death suit was filed by Nancy Packard after her husband
William died. Her case explains William was prescribed Xarelto for his
atrial fibrillation, but it caused his brain to bleed. To save his life,
doctors were forced to drill a hole in his head to stop the pressure,
but the bleeding never ceased, and the outcome was fatal. The suit alleges
J&J never warned about not having an antidote to stop the bleeding.
Contact the Doan Law Firm
If you have experienced excessive bleeding or one of the other side effects
brought on by taking Xarelto, you should consider filing a lawsuit. You
deserve to be compensated for your pain and suffering. At the
Doan Law Firm, our team of expert personal injury lawyers is ready to begin fighting
against pharmaceutical giants who place profits ahead of consumer safety.
For decades, we have successfully battled these types of cases for innocent
victims. We understand your medical bills are piling up, so you never
pay us until we win your case. To speak with one of our attorneys and
receive a free consultation,
call us at (800) 349-0000.