Why are so many Xarelto lawsuits being filed?
When Xarelto was first introduced to the market in 2011, it was seen as an alternative for Warfarin. Warfarin, although an effective blood thinner, created many inconveniences for the patients that were on it. Wayfarin required the patient to get a weekly blood test to calibrate and make sure the dosage was correct. Doctors, then had to adjust the dosage of Wayfarin if needed to fit the patient's blood work result. Also, Warfarin had many dietary restrictions, and most patients were very annoyed by this.
When Bayer introduced Xarelto to the medical world through Janssen Pharmaceuticles, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, it was touted as a "one size fits all" drug. In other words, the patient did not have to go through a weekly blood test routine and dietary restrictions to maintain the drug's effectiveness like they were doing with Wayfarin. And, a simplified dosing structure meant that the doctors prescribing Xarelto would not have to worry with continuously adjusting the dosage for each patient.
However, the same characteristics that made this prescription drug appealing are what made it so dangerous. The "one dosage fits all" model that Xarelto was presented under did not take into account that the way a 25 mg dose performs in a 120 pound person, would not be the way it performed in a 225 pound person. Also, a young woman's kidneys will flush out toxins faster than an elderly man's kidneys can.
Factor in that people did not watch their diets as closely on Xarelto, with certain food interactions with Xarelto, and this led to further complications with the drug.
The most dangerous side effect of Xarelto is uncontrollable bleeding. Like all anticoagulants, Xarelto had warnings about bleeding. However, according to lawsuits already filed, they did not accurately convey the potentially dangerous side effects of the drug.
Patients and doctors both feel that they were not informed of the possibly deadly outcomes from taking Xarelto. There have been patient deaths and serious injuries attributed to taking Xarelto.