Xarelto Compensation

BLEEDING WHILE ON XARELTO? TAKE ACTION NOW.

XARELTO® BLEEDING RISKS

Xarelto® carries a significant risk of bleeding, including:

  • Stroke
  • Spinal hemorrhage
  • Epidural hemorrhage
  • Cerebral hemorrhage
  • Gastrointestinal hemorrhage
  • Blood clots

Unlike other blood thinner medications, there is NO ANTIDOTE for Xarelto®.

XARELTO® LAWSUIT

If you or a loved one suffered bleeding after taking Xarelto®, you may have a claim for money damages.

TAKE ACTION NOW. TIME IS LIMITED TO FILE YOUR CLAIM FOR COMPENSATION.

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Thousands have suffered serious bleeding after taking Xarelto®. Find out what your case is worth.

Xarelto Lawsuit

 

What is Xarelto®?

Xarelto® is the trade name for rivaroxaban, a blood thinner, like heparin or warfarin. Like those drugs, it has the potential to cause uncontrolled bleeding. Unlike those drugs, it has no antidote—if hemorrhage begins, the best a medical provider can do is hope that the blood-thinning effects wear off before serious injury or death occurs. In serious cases, blood transfusions may be required. However, if the bleeding occurs in the brain or in the gastrointestinal system, blood transfusions may be of no help. If you or a loved one experienced a bleeding injury after taking Xarelto®, contact us right away to determine if you have a case.

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Why is Xarelto® prescribed?

Xarelto® is a blood thinner, marketed as an alternative to warfarin (commonly sold under the trade name Coumadin®). Basically, it prevents blood clots. There are several different conditions that can lead to the need for a blood-thinning medication. Xarelto® is often prescribed to reduce the risk of stroke. It is also indicated to reduce the risk of blood clots in those who have atrial fibrillation not caused by a heart valve problem. It is also used in individuals who have deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary emobolism (both blood-clot-related conditions), or to prevent these conditions from recurring.

Unlike with Xarelto®, typically, patients taking warfarin are required to adhere to a strict diet, and to come in for regular check-ups to test blood levels. This is because warfarin works by modulating levels of vitamin K in the body. As a result, diet may impact warfarin’s blood-thinning level. Xarelto® is therefore attractive to people who do not want to have to monitor their dietary intake of vitamin K. Nonetheless, monitoring diet is small price to pay for the incurable blood loss that may result from taking Xarelto®.

The bottom-line reason why Xarelto® is prescribed is because of money. Xarelto® is no better than warfarin, but it is a new drug with patent protection. That means that a single company, in this case Janssen Pharmaceutica, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, gets the exclusive rights to sell this drug, and keep the money themselves, without competing against any generic manufacturers.

Drug companies have an incentive to pour huge amounts of money into advertising for these drugs, even though effective alternatives such as warfarin have proven to be reliable for years. You may have seen the TV ads for Xarelto® featuring high-priced celebrity endorsements including those of professional basketball player Chris Bosh, comedian Keavin Nealon, golfer Arnold Palmer, and NASCAR driver Brian Vickers. According to Johnsons & Johnson, it made $1.5 billion from sales of Xarelto® in 2015 alone.

Who manufactures Xarelto®?

Xarelto® was manufactured by Bayer and marketed by Janssen Pharmaceutica, a Belgian pharmaceutical company. Janssen Pharmaceutica is owned by Johnson & Johnson and is part of the Orth-McNeil-Janssen group within Johnson & Johnson.

What did the manufacturer say about Xarelto®?

The manufacturer of this drug touted its superiority to alternatives such as heparin or warfarin because it does not require blood monitoring. Yet the fact that there is no antidote suggests that blood monitoring might actually be a good idea. In fact, several studies conducted after Xarelto® was approved suggest that monitoring should be conducted. Despite knowing of the dangers, the manufacturer failed to adequately warn consumers of the lack of a reversal agent.

Is Xarelto® harmful?

Xarelto® is harmful in that it may cause uncontrolled bleeding. While bleeding is a potential side effect from any blood-thinner, Xarelto® is particularly harmful because there is no antidote, and because the manufacture recommends against blood monitoring while taking Xarelto®. If uncontrolled bleeding occurs as a result of taking warfarin, a simple vitamin K antidote may be administered. If this kind of bleeding occurs while taking Xarelto®, there is no cure at the present time, although a clinical trial is currently underway for an antidote.

Independent studies show that Xarelto® is not superior to warfarin. Even one study funded by Janssen found Xarelto® no more effective than warfarin for preventing stroke. The bottom line is that while there are risks with many medications, the benefits of Xarelto® simply do not outweigh the risks.

Why is Xarelto® still being sold?

According to the manufacturer, Janssen pharmaceuticals, all blood-thinning drugs can increase the risk of bleeding—so there is really nothing wrong with the drug. This position ignores the fact that Xarelto® was sold with inadequate warnings—patients were not told that unlike warfarin, there is no antidote for Xarelto®. It also ignores the fact that later studies have suggested that monitoring should take place, undercutting the key marketing message Janssen used to sell this drug.

Oftentimes, defective and dangerous drugs stay on the market for years after their dangers are discovered. It takes many years of litigation to prove the danger and wrongdoing. Patients need to stand up for their rights by hiring attorneys to pursue their cases in order to get dangerous drugs like Xarelto® removed from the market, and to prevent pharmaceutical companies from engaging in this kind of conduct in the future.

And the pressure is building for Xarelto® to be taken off the market. An investigation conducted by the British Medical Journal (BMJ) found that the original trial that led to the approval of Xarelto® was faulty.

This pivotal trial, called ROCKET-AF, relied on a device that was faulty. The device was used in the warfarin arm of the study, with the result that study participants on warfarin suffered an increase rate of adverse consequences, making Xarelto® look good by comparison.

As a result of this investigation the Food & Drug Administration and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) examined Xarelto® more closely; in February 2016, the FDA sent Johnson & Johnson a detailed list of questions about the irregularities in the clinical trial. Evidence is emerging that these irregularities were actively concealed even as the trial was underway.

What harms can Xarelto® cause?

Xarelto® can cause life-threatening injuries as a result of uncontrolled bleeding (hemorrhage). This bleeding may occur anywhere in the body, but is particularly problematic when it occurs in the brain or gastroinstestinal system (stomach and intestines). When bleeding occurs in the brain, it causes pressure inside the skull. This pressure can reduce or eliminate blood flow to the brain, causing permanent brain damage or death.

Xarelto® can also cause other problems such as infections after hip or knee surgery, edema (swelling) or dyspenea (difficulty breathing). Because Xarelto® can cause bleeding problems, people taking it should not egage in sports or other activites which may cause bruising or bleeiding.
While Xarelto® and warfarin have similar bleeding risks, Xarelto® has no antidote. Moreover, at least one study found that the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding is up to twice as high with Xarelto®.

Can I sue the manufacturer?

If you or a loved one experienced uncontrolled bleeding or bleeding resulting in hospitalization or death while taking Xarelto®, you may be able to sue the manufacturer. Contact Keane Law LLC for a free evaluation.

Is there a Xarelto® class action?

No, there is no Xarelto® class action. Instead, thousands of individuals who have suffered injuries as a result of taking Xarelto® have filed their own individual lawsuits under a procedure called multidistrict litigation (MDL). Cases like this are often referred to as “mass torts” rather than “class actions.”

This is important because it means that if you have suffered injury as a result of taking Xarelto®, you must take action immediately if you want to obtain a recovery. You may have heard of or been a member of a settlement class in a class action. Maybe you got a letter offering you a small monetary award because you were a member of a class. That will not happen with Xarelto®. If you do nothing, you will not be offered a settlement as a part of a class action. You must hire your own attorney to file your own case.

Keane Law LLC has recovered millions of dollars on behalf of plaintiffs class action and mass tort cases. Our attorneys have a wealth of experience in navigating these complex national cases. We can assess your case and assist you in filing it in the appropriate venue. We work for free unless we get a settlement you approve or a jury verdict in your favor. You will pay nothing out of pocket for our services—our fees and expenses come out as a percentage of the money we recover for you.

Do I have a case?

If you have experienced bleeding, including gastrointestinal or cerebral hemorrhage, occurring within one day of taking Xarelto®, you likely have a claim for damages. This may occur after the first dose or as long as one year or more after treatment with Xarelto® begins. Contact Keane Law LLC for a free case evaluation.

How long do I have to file a case?

Every state has a different time limit on when a Xarelto® case must be filed. The period may one year or less, or as much as five years or more, depending on the facts of the case and where you are located. If you or a loved one suffered bleeding or other injuries as a result of taking Xarelto®, you should consult an attorney right away to determine whether you have a case, and when the statute of limitations in your case will expire.

Why should I hire Keane Law LLC for my Xarelto® case?

Keane Law LLC has a record of recovering millions of dollars on behalf of class action and mass tort plaintiffs. Our attorneys have a lengthy record of success, industry recognition, academic achievement, and professional involvement. But more importantly, we treat each individual case with care, even in massive litigation like the Xarelto® litigation.

We understand that your case is likely your only legal case, and is therefore the most important case to you. We believe our clients come to us because they want lawyers with whom they can have a personal relationship, even when there are thousands of cases consolidated into one. You will speak to an actual attorney at Keane Law on an ongoing basis. We will keep you informed, and we will treat you like human being, not just a file to throw on the pile. Contact us today to get started.