Can I File a Claim for Xarelto Injuries?
Philadelphia Defective Drug Attorneys Explain How to File a Xarelto Lawsuit
Xarelto (rivaroxaban) is a blood thinner medication developed by Bayer Healthcare and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Xarelto in 2011 to treat deep vein thrombosis (DVT) after hip or knee replacement surgery. However, lawsuits against the companies allege that the drug is dangerously defective. Xarelto use may cause irreversible and potentially fatal bleeding. Studies have also linked the drug to an increased infection risk following hip or knee replacement surgery. Additionally, lawsuits claim that drug companies hid these risks from patients and their doctors. Consequently, if you or a loved one suffered harm while taking Xarelto, then you may be able to file a prescription drug lawsuit to recover damages.
The Pennsylvania pharmaceutical litigation lawyers at Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C. are dedicated to handling catastrophic personal injury cases. Our team of attorneys can use our extensive resources to help prove the merits of your claim, including calling for expert depositions from industry specialists. Contact our attorneys today to find out if you are eligible to file a Xarelto lawsuit. We can advise you of your rights and represent your best interests in a legal claim. We can also advise you of your ability to join an ongoing class action or multidistrict litigation for these defective drugs, if applicable.
What are the Most Dangerous Side Effects of Xarelto?
The most dangerous side effect of Xarelto is uncontrollable, potentially fatal bleeding. Unlike other blood thinning medications, there is no antidote for Xarelto, meaning that internal bleeding may continue unchecked until the body naturally breaks down the medication. This bleeding may lead to other catastrophic side effects, such as:
- Stroke. The FDA black box warning for Xarelto states that the drug may cause a stroke if it is abruptly discontinued. A stroke could lead to permanent disability or death.
- Abdominal bleeding. A 2015 study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) claimed Xarelto may increase the risk of stomach bleeding. Abdominal hemorrhaging can be fatal.
- Infections. Doctors may prescribe Xarelto to patients to prevent blood clots after knee or hip replacement surgery. However, Xarelto may raise the risk of succumbing to an infection. Additional surgeries may be necessary to repair the damage caused by these infections.
- Spinal hematoma. While taking Xarelto, spinal taps and epidurals can increase the risk of spinal blood clots. This may cause damage to the spinal cord and potentially permanent paralysis.
Years after its release, the FDA required makers of Xarelto to include a black box warning on its label. These types of warnings denote drugs with life-threatening side effects.
Can I File a Prescription Drug Lawsuit for Xarelto Injuries?
If you suffered an injury while taking Xarelto or lost a loved one to the drug, then you may be able to file lawsuit for reasons that include:
- Failure to warn. Many of the Xarelto lawsuits claim Johnson & Johnson and Bayer Healthcare failed to warn that its product could cause uncontrollable bleeding. Drug companies have a duty to warn if their products cause harmful side effects.
- Product defects. Pharmaceutical companies must ensure their products are free of drug defects. Lawsuits claim Xarelto is defective because it causes untreatable bleeding.
- Deceptive marketing. Many lawsuits also claim that advertising for Xarelto presented it as safer than competing drugs. In addition, both manufacturing companies may have downplayed the risk of drug defects.
Lawsuits allege that Johnson & Johnson was complicit in falsifying research data to conceal Xarelto’s defects. During clinical trials, the company allegedly used a faulty device to test for blood clotting. The device was subject to a recall in late 2014 for giving false results. These unreliable trials may have concealed the true nature of Xarelto’s bleeding and stroke risks. However, instead of notifying the editors at the New England Journal of Medicine of the inaccurate results, Johnson & Johnson allegedly stayed silent.
Questions About Filing a Xarelto Lawsuit? Contact Our Defective Drug Lawyers
The catastrophic injuries caused by Xarelto and other defective drugs may require a lifetime of specialized care. Depending on the circumstances, it may be possible to file a prescription drug lawsuit against the companies responsible for your injuries or loss. Damages from a lawsuit could help pay for expenses associated with wrongful death or catastrophic injuries. Our attorneys can discuss the details of your potential case to determine your eligibility.
Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C. takes cases on a contingency fee basis. You do not owe us fees unless we successfully recover compensation for your injuries or loss. We have offices in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as well as Cherry Hill, New Jersey. For a free initial consultation to discuss your eligibility for a lawsuit, then call our firm at (877) 638-0114 or fill out our online contact form.