- Intracranial Hemorrhage (Bleeding in the Brain)
- Spinal and Epidural Hematoma
- Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage (Stomach Bleeding)
- Adrenal Bleeding
- Blood Clots, Including (DVT) Deep Vein Thrombosis and (PE) Pulmonary Embolism
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.
As of this time, there is no definite number on Xarelto deaths. In the period of January 2012 to March 2013, there were more than 2,590 reports of complications that were attributed to Xarelto made to the FDA. Over 150 patient deaths were also reported.
In August 2015, an investigation by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel / MedPage Today found that Xarelto and 2 other new anticoagulant drugs have been linked to at least 8,000 deaths since 2010. These deaths were 90% of the total fatalities reported to the FDA during the same time period.
Additionally, the newspaper also found more than 58,000 people have reported a serious side effect — such as a major bleeding episode — from the three drugs. That compares to over 8,000 for Wayfarin (Coumadin).
- Why is Xarelto being prescribed for so many people? And
- If Xarelto has so many side effects, why is it still being prescribed?
The main reason the drug Xaralto is being prescribed in such large numbers is because of the marketing campaign that is highlighting the convenience of Xarelto. If Xeralto medication could do what it is advertised to do, that is to make life easier on both the patient and doctor, then this truly would be a good medicine to use in place of Wayfarin- which has been the medical community's choice for blood thinning and anticoagulants.
The most famous of these TV ads feature a Xarelto commercial with Kevin Nealon, Arnold Palmer, and Brian Vickers. Comedian Kevin Nealon has atrial fibrillation. And, golfer Arnold Palmer and NASCAR driver Brian Vickers both have had blood clots in their legs. The commercial takes place at a golf course. In one part, Kevin Nealon says, "Let's see, golf clinic or blood clinic? Ooh, that's a tough one." Nealon is referring to the regular blood testing that Warfarin patients have to endure. The commercial does a great job of touting the proposed benefits of the anticoagulant Xarelto.
The surge in use of the patented drugs has been bolstered by a new system for determining stroke risk devised by a British doctor who has extensive financial ties to companies that make or market the new drugs, the Journal Sentinel/MedPage Today investigation found. Under the new scale, the number of Americans deemed in need of an anticoagulant jumped overnight from about 3.7 million to 4.7 million, an increase of 27%, according to the paper published in May by the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.
For example, nearly all women with atrial fibrillation and virtually everyone 65 or older with the condition are now considered candidates for treatment. The scale has been adopted as part of treatment guidelines by leading medical societies in the United States and Europe. And those groups have received at least $40 million from companies that manufacture or market the anticoagulants in the last three years.
In addition, many of the doctors who wrote the guidelines or issued other recommendations boosting sales of the drugs had personal financial ties to the drug companies, working as speakers or consultants. (Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
It is most unfortunate for the patients who depend on their doctors to prescribe medicine to help them with their medical conditions, when it appears that the health care system's main interest may be with what the big pharmaceutical wants instead.
Every state has maximum time limitations on when a Xarelto claim must be filed. These time restrictions are known as statutes of limitations. If a claim is not filed against the manufacturer, sellers and healthcare providers before the statute of limitation ends, the injured persons are forever prevented from bringing a claim against the companies and persons who may have caused their injuries.
If you have been injured by the use of Xarelto, your statute of limitations may already have ended, or may end in the very near future. Unfortunately, there is no way for us to tell you without us first reviewing the individual facts of your case. The one thing we can absolutely state is that every day you wait to hire an attorney may be the last day you can bring a claim.
To make this as convenient as possible for Xarelto sufferers, we have set up an assistance line to enable Xarelto patients to speak directly with a lawyer. Just click HERE to schedule an appointment