Lawsuits concerning the prescription drug Xarelto (rivaroxaban) might be increasing in the coming months due to the discovery of serious side effects associated with the drug. Xarelto, a new blood thinner on the market, was approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2011. It is manufactured by Bayer and marketed as a Janssen Pharmaceuticals product (a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson). Recently, however, reports of uncontrolled bleeding linked with the use of Xarelto have been reported. In 2012-only a year after the drug was first approved-reports of serious bleeding events and death were attributed to the drug. Additionally, incidents of increased blood clots in patients taking Xarelto have been noted.
Uncontrolled bleeding is not an altogether uncommon side effect of blood thinners. In fact, uncontrolled bleeding has been associated with many other blood thinner, including the drug Pradaxa, in the recent past. To date, over two hundred Pradaxa lawsuits have been filed by patients who experienced this dangerous side effect firsthand, or their family members. Furthermore, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices has stated that blood thinner medications are some of the most dangerous drugs on the market, causing the highest number of side effects. Unfortunately, the litigation concerning other blood thinner medications only heightens the concern over Xarelto. Many experts in the field fear that Xarelto may already be headed towards a fate similar to Pradaxa.
Due to the very serious nature of the side effects associated with Xarelto and similar drugs, it is important for patients taking the medication to first speak with a health care professional to determine the best course of action. After ensuring that you or your loved one is not in immediate danger, you should to contact The Higgins Firm. Our dedicated attorneys are waiting to answer your questions about Xarelto today. Call for a free consultation. You could be entitled to substantial compensation, including compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and/or emotional suffering.