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Xarelto, a relatively new blood thinner, has been linked to serious and sometimes deadly incidents of uncontrolleable bleeding and is being sold without an antidote to stop its blood thinning effects.

STATUS OF XARELTO BLEEDING LAWSUITS: Product liability lawyers are reviewing whether former users who have experienced hemorrhages, gastrointestinal bleeding, strokes or wrongful death may be entitled to financial compensation through Xarelto lawsuits.

Cases are being pursued for individuals throughout the United States who have suffered:

  • Gastrointestinal Bleeding
  • Hemorrhaging
  • Strokes
  • Wrongful Death


MANUFACTURERS: Johnson & Johnson and Bayer Healthcare.

OVERVIEW: Xarelto (rivaroxaban) is one of a new class of anticoagulants used to reduce the risk of blood clots and strokes, particularly among patients with atrial fibrillation or following hip or knee replacement surgery. It was developed and is distributed jointly by Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals subsidiary and Bayer Healthcare.

Known as a “direct thrombin inhibitor,” Xarelto was designed to compete with Boehringer Ingelheim’s Pradaxa. Both drugs were released in an effort to replace the blood thinner warfarin, also known as Coumadin, which has dominated the atrial fibrillation blood thinner market for several decades.

The FDA first approved Xarelto in July 2011, to reduce the risk of blood clots, deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism following knee and hip surgery. In November 2011, it was approved as an anti-coagulant for individuals with non-valvular atrial fibrillation. In November 2012, approval was expanded to include patients with DVT and pulmonary embolism, as well as a long-term treatment to prevent recurrence.

Unlike warfarin, which has been the go-to anticoagulant treatment for decades, there was no approved reversal agent for Xarelto at the time it was introduced. As a result, doctors were left unable to control bleeding problems on Xarelto.

Since it was introduced, hundreds of adverse event reports have been submitted suggesting a link between Xarelto and bleeding injuries or death. According to allegations raised in lawsuits, the drug makers failed to adequately warn about the bleeding risk or lack of an effective Xarelto reversal agent.

XARELTO BLEEDING SIDE EFFECTS: Xarelto was promoted as superior to warfarin because it is easier to take and require less frequent monitoring to maintain the correct dosage.

While all anticoagulants carry a risk of bleeding, the blood thinning effects of warfarin can be reversed with a combination of vitamin K and plasma. Xarelto has no such reversal agent, making it difficult for doctors to stop bleeding events before serious injury or death occur.

Some doctors have had partial success with prothrombin complex concentrates (PCCs), but the FDA has not approved an official reversal agent or strategy to stop life-threatening bleeding events.

In September 2013, the German newspaper Der Speigel reported that there had been nearly 1,000 adverse events involving Xarelto during the first eight months of 2013 alone, including 72 deaths.

In May 2014, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) reported that doctors and patients were reporting adverse events linked to the use of Xarelto in increasing numbers. ISMP reported in QuarterWatch that there were 680 Xarelto adverse events reported in the U.S. in 2013.

The number of reports linked to Xarelto surpassed those linked to Pradaxa, which had once held the dubious distinction of being the drug with the most adverse event reports.

Furthermore, some evidence suggests that blood monitoring, which the manufacturers said was not needed, could actually reduce the risk of Xarelto bleeding injuries.

A study published in October 2014 published in the Journal of Cardiology found that monitoring levels of Xarelto in the blood of patients with atrial fibrillation helped doctors determine when the drug was at peak levels and how to better control it and prevent bleeding events, similar to warfarin.

As of April 2016, there were more than 4,500 Xarelto lawsuits consolidated before U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon in the Eastern District of Louisiana

FIND OUT IF YOU MAY QUALIFY FOR A XARELTO LAWSUIT: As a result of the drug makers’ failure to adequately warn about the risks associated with their medication, Xarelto injury lawyers are evaluating whether users may be entitled to compensation through a product liability lawsuit.

Cases allege that Johnson & Johnson and Bayer withheld important safety information about the bleeding risk and the lack of an effective reversal agent. In addition, claims indicate that risk of injury outweighs any potential benefit provided by Xarelto, making the drug unreasonably dangerous and defective as it was originally formulated.

To request a free consultation and claim evaluation to determine whether you, a friend or family member may be entitled to financial compensation through a lawsuit, submit information for review by an Xarelto injury lawyer.

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  1. William Reply

    I went for a ablation surgery on june26th at Saint Barnabis Hospital in Livingston NJ,The probes were inserted to Map out the Electrical Part of the Heart to correct Afib.I had awaken from sedation and feeling if Elephants sitting on my Chest,I was given Morpnine for the pain.Not knowing what happening during the start of the surgery, The Doctor came in and informed me they had to insert a Pigtail,A drain that would drain blood that enter my Heart cavity,I believe 100CC was drained from my Chest and was told my pressure drop down to 50.The Doctor said to me, he blamed himself and the blood thinner for this filling up of blood in my heart cavity,I had taken Xarelto prior to the surgery,I called the Young lady who set up the surgery date and ask her if I should stop the Xarelto before the surgery and she ask the doctor and he said stay on it,I was asking because the doctor told to even watch when I shave that I don’t cut myself,Because of the blood thinner,So I thought going into surgery maybe I shouldn’t be taking a blood thinner in case of bleeding during surgery,So I stayed on it.I was told they couldn’t go on to map out the heart for the afib surgery,The doctor wants me to do the surgery in 2 months ,He wanted to give my heart to heal for 2 months,I was also told that blood thinner was givin while I was on the operating table,What kind of Blood thinner I couldn’t tell you.I never really had a fear of surgery,After this,I don’t know if I can do this afib surgery ever for emontional and physically reason,My health has been the same since them,Shortness of breath and tireness.Because of this,I was lucky that the doctors assistant acted quickly to insert the drain.My interest commented,That you can’t get any closer to death than that.The Surgeon ,I think regrets using XARELTO,He said he was beating himself over this,I just feel beat up!

  2. Joseph Reply

    I have been taking this medication for over a year . I sit down to eat or feel something strange on my leg and find I am bleeding all over and I have no idea how or why . I keep my fingernails filed low as they grow very fast and I have cut myself scratching and then again I am bleeding all over the place . One night I took a shower and looked down and all I saw was blood . I had somehow hit a blood vessel with a fingernail on my scrotum . I called my partner for help It took half a towel soaked in blood I used up three or more septic pencils and that hurt like hell . My doctor told me I had to be very careful when bathing and pay attention or it could happen again . All these drugs and drug reps are making fortunes on peoples illness and think that it’s ok to continue . between drugs and s.s.i. I get 12 k a year because a doctor never picked up on a problem that could have stopped all this madness but by the time I found out it was to late to file suit . You just can’t win

  3. eleanor Reply

    I had a real bad bleed in and around my toung I bit my toung on accident and it bleed so bad it turnd my toung black.i went to the emergency room.and they try to stop the bleeding.wich we could not stop it for several was I scared.

  4. Greta Reply

    I have been taking xarelto for about a year. Large areas of my feet are filling with blood,and my doctor gives me no explanation. I am currently taking 7 1/2 mg per day.

  5. Brian Reply

    This medication is nothing more than the Federal Government and the mighty Pharmacuetical companies to kill seniors. It toook the FDA to allow it to the market. It just struck my 82 year old mother. Now I have basically a vegetable to contend with. Your Doctor is not always right. Question everything. Warfain was the astandard for years until Obmacare. Now Medicare and insurance did not want to pay for PT/INR clinics. Don’t let “Modern Medicine” committ GENOCIDE on those who fought and died for America and now are being tossed into the trash!

  6. Aaron Reply

    While I am sorry that anyone has a side effect to any medication, it is not the fault of the government or the Affordable Care Act! I am currently taking this drug for a Pulmonary Embolism caused by taking a prescription cough syrup that caused Phlebitis to occur in my right calf. The blood clot broke free from that and traveled to my lung causing the PE. It was a painful and scary time and I am now taking Xarelto as I didn’t want to stay in the hospital and continue being poked for continual blood tests, which are required while on Warfarin and others. I have had no side effects and have common sense to know that I need to be careful as I am on a BLOOD THINNER! I understand that there have been some serious issues/side effects from this medication but people not taking proper precautions and cutting themselves, while I understand that this can be inadvertently, proper caution should be exercised. Lawsuits filed for lack of common sense is why medical care and prescriptions are skyrocketing!

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