The popular drug Xarelto has come under serious scrutiny lately after research has linked the drug to severe side effects including uncontrollable bleeding.
As a result, individuals and families across the country are now filing lawsuits against drug companies Bayer AG and Janssen Pharmaceuticals.
This article discusses recent developments in pending Xarelto litigation, as well as helpful resources for those in the State of Colorado who may have been harmed by Xarelto.
Xarelto: A Leading Blood Thinner In The US Market
Xarelto is the brand name given to rivaroxaban – a new type of prescription blood thinner known as a Novel Oral Anticoagulant (NOAC).
The drug was originally released in the US market in 2011 after gaining FDA approval for reducing the risks of blood clots in patients who had undergone a knee or hip replacement surgery.
Xarelto has since received FDA approval for several other uses and is now approved for a total of six indications which are:
- Reducing risk of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF)
- Treatment of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
- Treatment of Pulmonary Embolism (PE)
- Reduction of recurrence of DVT & PE
- Prevention of DVT in knee replacement surgery
- Prevention of DVT in hip replacement surgery
Heavy marketing of Xarelto has helped it to become the #1 blood thinner in its class in the US.
Since its FDA approval in 2011, Xarelto has been prescribed more than 11 million times in the US.
However, despite the drug’s success, recent studies have linked it to concerning side effects including uncontrollable internal bleeding which can lead to serious injury or death.
Uncontrollable / Irreversible Internal Bleeding Linked To Xarelto
Like all blood thinners, uncontrollable internal bleeding is a risk of taking Xarelto as a side effects.
However, Xarelto is different than traditional blood thinners in several ways.
One of the key differences between Xarelto and traditional blood thinners is the way in which it affects the blood clotting process.
Traditional blood thinners such as Warfarin, affect the blood thinning process by acting on vitamin-k dependent proteins. As a result, a large dose of vitamin k is often prescribed to reverse excessive bleeding in patients taking traditional anticoagulants.
Xarelto on the other hand, is a selective inhibitor which acts on Factor Xa to reduce the risk of blood clotting. The problem is that there is no antidote for Xarelto which can be used to reverse excessive bleeding once it begins.
Therefore, minor bleeds can quickly turn into major bleeding incidents for individuals prescribed Xarelto.
Xarelto Litigation: Colorado Lawyers Filing Lawsuits
Xarelto has been prescribed to individuals all over America due to the drugs success over the last few years. As a result, people throughout the state have been affected by the drug’s harmful side effects including many individuals in the State of Colorado.
By factoring state population against total US population, we estimate that of the 11 million Xarelto prescriptions in America, approximately 184,685 were prescribed to patients in Colorado.
Additionally, by using a 1.7% incidence rate of major bleeding incidents discovered in clinical trials, we beleive that approximately 3,139 individuals suffered internal bleeding injuries linked to the use of Xarelto.
We have also estimated the number of total bleeding incidents in Colorado’s 5 largest cities which are:
- Denver – 389
- Colorado Springs – 261
- Aurora – 206
- Fort Collins – 91
- Lakewood – 88
Individuals and families in Colorado who believe that they were harmed by Xarelto are now filing lawsuits against Bayer AG & Janssen Pharmacueticals – the companies responsible for the manufacturing and marketing of Xarelto in the US.
The claims allege that the companies failed to perform sufficient safety testing on the drugs before releasing them into the US market. Additionally, these lawsuits allege that these companies failed to warn the public about significant risks associated with the drug, which they knew about.
How Do I File A Lawsuit?
If you or a loved one were prescribed Xarelto and suffered a severe bleeding injury, you may be eligible to file a Xarelto lawsuit.
Families and individuals from across the country have already begun the legal process. Hundreds of Xarelto lawsuits have already been consolidated in a Multi-district Litigation (MDL) in the Eastern District of Lousiana. Additionally, many lawsuits are being filed outside of the MDL in State court.
If you believe that you suffered an injury related to Xarelto you should consult with a qualified lawyer about your legal options.
Contact BloodThinnerHelp.com Today
Bloodthinnerhelp.com has already been contacted by people throughout the country who have suffered serious internal bleeding injuries after being prescribed Xarelto.
While our Xarelto lawyers are not licensed to practice in the State of Colorado, we are licensed in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Washington DC, Massachusetts and Virginia.
However, we are able to represent individuals from throughout the country due to the fact that the defendants in these Xarelto lawsuits conduct business in the conduct substantial business in in the states in which we are licensed to practice.
If you prefer to work with local counsel we can help connect you with the most qualified Xarelto lawyers in your area as we have close working relations with attorneys throughout America.
Contact us today for a free case evaluation to determine your eligibility for a Xarelto lawsuit.