The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Xarelto (rivaroxaban) as a blood-thinning medication in 2011 to prevent blood clotting in stroke patients with heart rhythm problems known as atrial fibrillation. The effectiveness and safety of this drug have become a big concern because it lacks rapid reversal agents in the event of serious side effects such as internal bleeding.
Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. represents clients in mass tort personal injury cases. We are currently investigating potential claims on behalf of individuals who have suffered any of the following serious side effects while taking Xarelto:
- Have been hospitalized due to bleeding while on Xarelto
- Confirmed injury while on Xarelto
- Have suffered rectal bleeding
- Have suffered gastrointestinal bleeding
- Have suffered brain bleeding (hemorrhagic stroke)
If you are one of these injured individuals with a confirmed bleeding after 2012, we can help you get the compensation that you deserve.
The Adverse Effects of Xarelto
The FDA approved Xarelto in 2011 to reduce the risk of blood clots, deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism in patients who had knee and hip replacement procedures. However, according to Medwatch Reports filed with the FDA, more than 2,000 counts of Xarelto-related injuries and deaths have been reported across the country so far.
The most common problem that Xarelto patients have complained of is a pulmonary embolism, which is one of the blood clot-related injuries the medication was supposed to treat and prevent. Moreover, the majority of these patients reported taking Xarelto on a short-term basis following a surgery.
Why Are Xarelto Lawsuits Being Filed?
Two pharmaceutical companies, Bayer and Johnson & Johnson, jointly manufacture Xarelto. Both of these companies are facing numerous lawsuits alleging that Xarelto is dangerous and defective.
One of the major allegations is that, unlike other traditional anticoagulants, the blood-thinning effects of Xarelto cannot be reversed using vitamin K or any other antidote. Doctors do not have an effective means of stopping Xarelto patients from bleeding in an emergency. As a result, the lawsuits allege serious and fatal injuries, such as gastrointestinal bleeding and cerebral hemorrhaging.
Other allegations in Xarelto lawsuits include:
- Failure to warn about the risks and dangers of potentially life-threatening bleeds
- Failure to advise doctors as how to intervene and stabilize Xarelto patients in the event of a bleed
- Marketing Xarelto as being superior to other anticoagulants despite knowing Xarelto patients are at a higher risk for serious and fatal injuries
Contact an Experienced New York Xarelto Lawyer
If you or someone you love has experienced serious side effects after taking Xarelto, you should immediately consult with an experienced New York Xarelto lawyer as you may be entitled to compensation.
For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our attorneys, please call Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. at 1-800-529-9997.