What is Xarelto?
Xarelto is a prescription anticoagulant that was released onto the United States market in 2011 after it was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Xarelto is manufactured and marketed by Bayer AG and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, the pharmaceutical division of Johnson&Johnson. After Xarelto was released, the manufacturers put into place a heavy advertising campaign touting the convenience of the drug over the traditional blood thinner Warfarin. Unlike Warfarin, Xarelto does not require regular blood monitoring or a restrictive diet. Xarelto also is dosed in a uniform fashion and only requires one pill a day. These advertisements appeared in medical journals and on television commercials that featured well known athletes and public figures.
Xarelto is a part of a new class of blood thinners called Xa inhibitors. Xa inhibitors work differently from historical blood thinners such as Warfarin because they block the chemical that is responsible for making blood clot, thrombin. By blocking thrombin, Xarelto completely takes away the bloods natural ability to clot. Other drugs in this class are Pradaxa and Eliquis.
The Dangers of Xarelto
The problem with Xarelto is that there is no reversal antidote for the drug. Traditional blood thinners such as Warfarin are able to have their anticoagulant effects reversed in an emergency situation by administering vitamin K to the patient. In the case of Xarelto, if a patient taking Xarelto experiences an internal bleeding emergency, there is no way to stop the bleeding. This can lead to uncontrollable internal bleeding events, serious injury, and even death. Xarelto has been linked with various adverse events including brain bleeds, stroke, gastrointestinal bleeds, deep vein thrombosis, and pulmonary embolism.
Xarelto currently has two ‘black box’ warnings attached to it by the FDA. The black box warning is the strictest warning that the FDA can attach to a drug short of recalling it. The black box warning means that there is a reasonable risk of harm associated with the drug. The full FDA report on Xarelto can be found here. Xarelto is also very dangerous if taken with any of the drugs listed below. If you are currently taking Xarelto with one of these medications, contact your doctor immediately.
- Itraconazole – Sporanox and Onmel
- lopinavir – Kaletra
- Ritonavir – Norvir
- Indinavir – Crixivan
- Conivaptan – Vaprisol
- Carbamazepine – Tegretol, Tegretol-XR, Equetro, Carbatrol, Epitol, and Teril
- Phenytoin – Dilantin
- Rifampin – Rifater, Rifamate, Rimactane, and Rifadin
- St. John’s wort – Hypericum Perforatum
Xarelto Injuries in West Virginia
By using known data available to us, our team has been able to estimate the number of West Virginia residents who may have been harmed by Xarelto usage. At the time of the 2010 U.S. Census, the population of West Virginia was 1,852,994. By comparing this number to the number of Xarelto prescriptions written for the entire United States and the instance rate of adverse events, we can estimate that 1,112 people across the entire state of West Virginia were taking Xarelto and may have experienced an adverse event. We have broken down this data by West Virginia’s top five cities below:
Population of West Virginia’s Top Five Cities
- Charleston – 51400
- Huntington – 49138
- Parkersburg – 31492
- Morgantown – 29660
- Wheeling – 28486
Internal Bleeding Events in West Virginia’s Top Five Cities
- Charleston – 31
- Huntington – 29
- Parkersburg – 19
- Morgantown – 17
- Wheeling – 17
How Do I File a Xarelto Lawsuit?
If you or a loved one have been injured by Xarelto, there are resources available to help you. If you choose to pursue legal action to claim damages, the lawyers at Osborne & Associates have an excellent track record with handling large pharmaceutical cases and will fight for your justice. Xarelto cases are being filed all across the country, yours could be next. More information Xarelto lawsuits can be found here on our website.
The Xarelto lawyers that we work with are licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virignia, Washington D.C. and Massachusetts. Due to our work on the Xarelto litigation, we have developed an excellent network of working relationships with lawyers all across the country. If you would prefer to file your case locally, contact us and we will happily refer you to a lawyer that we trust in your area. Do not hesitate to contact us for a free case evaluation and consultation to being your path to justice.
Local Resources for West Virginia Xarelto Victims
CAMC Memorial Hospital
3200 Maccorkle Ave SE
Charleston, WV 25304
Thomas Memorial Hospital
4605 Maccorkle Ave SW
South Charleston, WV 25309
Saint Marys Medical Center
Huntington, WV 25702