Xarelto is one of the most popular blood-thinning medications, and is taken by more than 13 million people across the U.S. Used after knee and hip replacement surgeries, as well as to treat atrial fibrillation, deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism, Xarelto is designed to reduce the risk of blood clots and stroke. The active ingredient in Xarelto is rivaroxaban, which may lead to serious health complications. If you have suffered certain medical problems as a direct result of taking Xarelto, you may be within your rights to file a lawsuit against Bayer and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.—Xarelto’s manufacturers and marketers—to recover compensation.
What Risks Are Associated with Taking Xarelto?
While Xarelto prevents blood from clotting, it does so at a significant risk of severe bleeding for the patient. Because platelets cannot clot properly in a patient who is taking Xarelto, bleeding may be uncontrollable, and severe enough to lead to death. This is especially true if Xarelto is taken in conjunction with certain other medications, including aspirin or other prescriptions intended to treat blood clots.
Another major risk of taking Xarelto is the chance of developing a spinal hematoma, or blood clot. This risk is applicable for patients who are taking Xarelto and also have medicine injected into their spine. A spinal hematoma can cause permanent paralysis.
Lawsuits Against Janssen Pharmaceuticals & Bayer
Lawsuits against the makers of Xarelto allege that:
- Manufacturers failed to warn patients and doctors of severe risk of bleeding when taking Xarelto;
- Manufacturers defectively designed Xarelto (due to the fact that there is no known antidote to stop bleeding caused by Xarelto);
- Manufacturers concealed knowledge of the risks of bleeding;
- Manufacturers negligently released and marketed Xarelto; and
- Xarelto presents more patient risks than benefits.
A successful lawsuit against Bayer and Janssen can provide compensation for a victim harmed by Xarelto for all types of losses suffered.
Victims of Xarelto, Take Action Now
The skilled pharmaceutical litigation attorneys at Napoli Shkolnik, PLLC have represented hundreds of defective drug victims across the country, and have what it takes to help you. If you believe that you may have a cause of action due to harm caused by Xarelto, call our legal team today to schedule an initial case consultation.