The maker of Xarelto is facing a growing number of defective drug lawsuits from people who have suffered from serious bleeding after taking the drug. According to the FDA, these bleeding incidents have killed more than 150 people. Families affected by this horrible side effect should join those who are filing Xarelto bleeding lawsuits to seek justice.
The defective drug attorneys at The Oshman Firm have successfully taken on pharmaceutical companies in the past, and we are prepared to do it again to seek compensation on behalf of Xarelto bleeding victims.
FDA: Xarelto Bleeding Linked to 150+ Deaths
Xarelto is a blood-thinner prescribed to treat pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis and other conditions by preventing the blood from clotting. By thinning the blood, Xarelto can prevent blood clots that cause these conditions. But this can also led to uncontrolled and potentially fatal bleeding incidents.
According to the FDA, Xarelto is responsible for:
- 151 deaths in 2012
- More than 2,000 serious complications
- 680 complications in the first quarter of 2013
Xarelto is in a new class of anti-coagulants. Unlike the blood-thinner warfarin, Xarelto has only been on the market in the U.S. since 2011.
Warfarin has been prescribed for over 50 years, and there is a reversal agent to block warfarin’s anti-clotting effects in the case of an emergency. Xarelto has no antidote, which means that any bleeding incident – particularly internal bleeding – can be very dangerous and potentially fatal.
Doctors may face limited options when a person taking Xarelo suffers from an emergency like:
- Brain hemorrhaging
- Kidney bleeding
- Intestinal bleeding
- Internal bleeding
Xarelto Lawsuits Allege Insufficient Warning
In addition to the 151 deaths reported by the FDA, new reports suggest Xarelto may be behind 130 deaths in Germany.
Xarelto’s prescribing information that accompanies the prescription says that the drug “may cause serious and fatal bleeding.” Many feel, however, that this warning isn’t sufficient enough to allow people to make an educated decision about the medications they choose to take.
The Responsibilities of Pharmaceutical Drug Companies
The companies that sell pharmaceutical drugs are responsible for their products. They are responsible for ensuring their product is relatively safe and that users be alerted to possible dangers.
People have begun to file lawsuits against the companies behind Xarelto, alleging that they were not adequately warned about this risk of serious bleeding. These lawsuits are seeking compensation for the physical, emotional and financial suffering they have been put through.
With an attorney representing you, you may be eligible to seek compensation for:
- The costs of hospital stays, ambulance rides, emergency room visits
- The cost of future medical expenses
- Income you lost because you were unable to work
- The physical and emotional suffering brought on by this ordeal
If bleeding caused by Xarelto has led to the death of a loved one, you need to know that their rights are not lost. A wrongful death lawsuit can demand accountability from the makers of Xarelto.
Seeking Compensation for Xarelto Victims
If Xarelto has led you or a loved one to suffer a serious bleeding incident, you should contact the defective drug attorneys at The Oshman Firm today at (800) 40o-8182 or fill out the form on this page to learn how we may be able to help you.
If The Oshman Firm represents you, we do everything we can to get the fullest possible justice for our clients.