Xarelto is a popular anticoagulant drug produced by healthcare behemoths, Bayer and Johnson & Johnson’s. The drug is prescribed to combat pulmonary embolus and deep vein thrombosis, which are types of blood clots. These blood clots are common in patients suffering from atrial fibrillation, which is a rhythmic problem with the heartbeat. Blood can pool up from the hearts out of sync rhythm which in turn can lead to the blood clotting and then traveling to the heart and lungs. They also can be problematic in certain types of orthopedic surgeries such as knee or hip replacement. Xarelto serves to prevent the blood from clotting and traveling to the lungs and heart. It does this by removing a specific type of protein from the blood that contributes to blood clotting.
Xarelto was issued approval by the FDA in 2011, however, within months of the drug going to market, serious side effects begin to surface. In fact, in November of 2011 just over 3 months after the drug went to market, the first death from Xarelto side effects was reported. Since this time numerous claims have surfaced against the makers of Xarelto that have led to litigation against the company. Bayer and Johnson & Johnson are facing several allegations in these lawsuits.
Xarelto Side Effects
Soon after the drug hit the market devastating reports started coming in about some previously omitted or understated side effects. According to patients of the drug, Xarelto has a significant risk of severe, and sometimes fatal, bleeding. Hundreds then thousands of patients using the drug experienced uncontrollable hemorrhaging including but not limited to:
The bleeding in many of these patients proved to be completely uncontrollable and unfortunately led to death in many cases.
Another discrepancy that the drug makers failed to mention was the fact that there is no known antidote to control internal bleeds caused by Xarelto. This means that if a patient using Xarelto suffers from this bleeding that likely it will lead to death and it has in many cases. It is alleged that Bayer and Johnson & Johnson knew these risks but chose to hide them ahead of the drug’s release in 2011. This has opened the door for a massive number of Xarelto lawsuits from victims and their families who may have avoided these tragic consequences if the company had done its due diligence.
Xarelto Misleading Advertising
Plaintiffs allege that Bayer and Johnson & Johnson knew about the elevated risk for internal bleeding but downplayed the risk to patients and deceitfully misled physicians. In fact, in 2013 the makers of the drug took part in a marketing campaign that claimed the drug to be so safe that patients with atrial fibrillation didn’t even need blood monitoring or dosage adjustments. Both of these are requirements of Xarelto’s leading competitor, a long-standing drug called Warfarin.
The drugmaker marketed the drug under the dangerous premise that dosage for the drug was basically a “one size fits all” model. In addition, to not require blood monitoring for a drug of this nature and the nature of the conditions it is used to treat, is negligent at best. To promote Xarelto, Johnson & Johnson-Bayer used celebrities such as golf legend Arnold Palmer, comedian Kevin Nealon, and Nascar driver Brian Vickers, and NBA star Chris Bosh in a popular series of tv commercials. Xarelto was “flagged” by the FDA for their fraudulent and negligent advertising, however, this came after the popular ad campaign had given the drug wide recognition. In light of the drugs growing recognition, by 2014 it was named one of the five fastest-growing drugs in the market.
Xarelto Lawsuits and How We Can Help
Over the past few years, claims against Bayer and Johnson & Johnson, the massive healthcare company and the makers of Xarelto, have begun to stack up. Now it is estimated that the number of lawsuits against the healthcare juggernaut has grown to around 10,000. Allegations against the Xarelto’s manufacturer in these lawsuits include:
They failed to adequately warn patients about Xarelto’s life-threatening side effects.
They failed to warn patients and physicians that there is no antidote to Xarelto’s anticoagulant mechanism.
They failed to manufacture and design the drug in a safe manner.
They failed to update Xarelto’s warnings in a timely manner.
They misled patients and physicians about the safety of the Xarelto through negligent advertising.
Here at Lead Law, we have the experience and expertise to help you if you or a loved one have been hurt by taking Xarelto. Our team of talented attorneys specializes in winning cases against large drug companies who are negligent and harmful. We understand what you are going through and we will help you get the compensation for your suffering that you deserve. Our attorneys have been passionately fighting for the rights of injured clients for decades. Contact us today and let us help you.