If you spend a lot of time watching ESPN and other sports networks, you may have come across an advertisement for a blood thinner named Xarelto. In the ad, golf legend Arnold Palmer hits the links with NBA star Chris Bosh and comedian Kevin Nealon as they discuss the benefits of Xarelto. What you will not hear in those commercials is that more than 3,000 Xarelto lawsuits have been filed in just five years. Recently, a Louisiana resident alleged that her deceased father suffered extensive injuries as a result of taking Xarelto.
If you or a loved one has been injured or lost their life in Jackson, MS as a result of Xarelto use, you may be entitled to compensation. Find out whether you have grounds for a Xarelto lawsuit by seeking the counsel of trusted Jackson, Mississippi Xarelto lawyers.
What Is Xarelto?
Xarelto (rivaroxaban) is a prescribed medication that is a blood thinner (anticoagulant). In short, this means Xarelto prevents the formation of blood clots. Additionally, the drug treats a condition known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a form of blood clot that can occur after various surgeries. Left untreated, DVT potentially leads to clotting in other areas such as the lungs.
Beyond treating blood clots, Xarelto has also been used to lower stroke risks from clotting for people with atrial fibrillation (AFIB). AFIB is an abnormal heart rhythm disorder that causes inefficient pumping of blood to the rest of the body, which increases heart attack and stroke risks.
Xarelto has been marketed as a superior replacement for the previous blood thinning medication by the name of Warfarin. Unlike Warfarin, which is difficult to use thanks to restrictions on diet and regularly required lab testing, Xarelto is quite easy to use by comparison. Unfortunately, unlike Warfarin, Xarelto is known to cause dangerous and devastating side effects that have fueled thousands of lawsuits in recent years.
Known Side Effects, Risks and Complications of Xarelto
Xarelto causes many minor side effects such as the following:
- Back pain
- Bleeding gums
- Digestion discharge
- Swallowing/Breathing difficulties
These minor side effects are troubling in their own right, but Xarelto’s major side effects are the reason behind the massive influx of lawsuits. Namely, Xarelto appears to cause a significant risk of internal bleeding. All blood thinners carry a risk of internal bleeding to a certain extent, but Xarelto internal bleeding problems appear to cause much greater risk than the manufacturer warnings indicate.
Xarelto, manufactured by Bayer Pharmaceuticals and marketed by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, causes uncontrollable bleeding for which there is no antidote or cure. In other words, if severe internal bleeding occurs, it cannot be stopped and may result in death. As such, anyone taking Xarelto is strongly advised to avoid activities that may result in cuts, bruising and internal/external bleeding. Additionally, pay attention to the following signs you may be experiencing excessive bleeding:
- Unusual bruising
- Severe headaches and/or dizziness
- Change in vision
- Vomiting blood
- Excessive menstrual bleeding
- Severe nosebleeds
If you catch these symptoms and immediately seek the help of a healthcare professional, the bleeding can be stopped by ceasing to take the medication. After 24 hours of not taking Xarelto, the body will naturally remove the drug, which ought to stop the bleeding. If these symptoms go undetected, however, fatal consequences may result.
Xarelto Lawsuits in the News
The majority of Xarelto lawsuits have the same theme in common. The lawsuits allege that Xarelto manufacturers failed to properly investigate Xarelto’s risks, provide adequate warnings of said risks and failed to adequately disclose Xarelto’s increased risk of severe bleeding. Moreover, lawsuits also assert that the drug manufacturer did not make it clear that Xarelto’s excessive bleeding has no known cure. Finally, lawsuits allege that the drug was overly promoted to both consumers and health professionals, causing a spike in Xarelto sales that needlessly put millions of Xarelto users at risk.
Top doctors have long been concerned over Xarelto and other newer blood thinners. This is despite the fact that Xarelto manufacturers might have knowingly mislead one of the world’s most prestigious medical journals by asserting, according to arecent legal briefing filed in federal court.
Additionally, there are currently more than 5,000 injury claims pending, all of which allege that Bayer and Janssen knew or should have known about the drug’s uncontrollable bleeding/hemorrhaging. The injury claims also make the argument that the companies hid this information from doctors and patients alike.
Given the evidence already presented in these cases, we believe Xarelto manufacturers have needlessly caused significant health risks to millions of Americans. If you need a Jackson, Mississippi Xarelto attorney to hold Bayer and Janssen accountable for your injuries or the injuries of a loved one, we look forward to helping you receive the compensation you deserve.
Contact Maggio Thompson, LLP for a free lawsuit consultation from a trusted Mississippi Xarelto attorney who will assist you each step of the way in your Xarelto injury claim.