On May 30th, the second bellwether trial for Xarelto began with the jury selection process. The more than 18,000 plaintiffs who are waiting their turn to fight for their rights against Bayer AG and Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals are hoping that the court will side with the plaintiff.
A Xarelto Wrongful Death Lawsuit
The second complaint to go to trial was filed by a man who tragically lost his wife in 2015. According to his complaint, his wife had been diagnosed in 2014 with atrial fibrillation and was prescribed Xarelto as a treatment.
In April of 2015, she suddenly became ill and even though she was taken immediately to the hospital, she quickly became unresponsive. Her doctors performed a wide range of tests and ultimately a CT scan revealed that she had bleeding in her brain and had suffered a hemorrhagic stroke.
In order to save her life doctors would have had to perform surgery and drain the blood from her brain so that the pressure on her brain didn’t cause additional damage. But they were unable to perform the operation for more than a day because when a patient is on Xarelto if a cut or incision is made, the body has no way to clot and they may bleed out entirely. Unlike other blood thinners, Xarelto does not have an antidote, which means all a surgeon can do is wait for the drug to leave their patient’s system and hope they are able to operate in time.
Even though this patient ultimately underwent the procedure, it was too late and the damage was already done. She passed away several days later on May 4th, 2015.
Her husband is alleging that the manufacturers of Xarelto failed to give the medical community and patient’s proper warning regarding the potential side effects of the drug, especially the fact that there is no approved antidote for the drug. He further alleges that if they had, his wife would still be alive.
New Lawsuits Are Being Filed Regularly
As word of the ongoing litigation spreads, patients throughout the country are learning that their serious medical conditions may have been caused by Xarelto. Claimed medical conditions have included:
- brain bleeds
- GI bleeds
- epidural hematoma
- pulmonary embolism
- rectal bleeding
Any one of these side effects could result in the need for thousands of dollars in medical care and time spent away from work – or it could be deadly because there is no antidote.
Other blood thinners, such as Warfarin, have an antidote that can be administered, Vitamin K. This stops the drug’s effects on the blood and allows clots to form. With Xarelto, the only option that a doctor has is to give the patient a blood transfusion. But if the bleeding is too fast and the transfusion isn’t administered in time, the blood loss will cause the patient to die.
Plaintiffs May Obtain Compensation
Through personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits, those involved in the Xarelto MDL are hoping to obtain compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages, physical pain and suffering, lost wages, loss of inheritance, loss of consortium, and funeral and burial expenses.
What Does The FDA Say About Xarelto?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued two “black box warnings” for Xarelto – the most serious warning that can be given to a product. These warnings informed doctors and patients that discontinuing the drug too quickly may cause blood clots and finally, that uncontrollable bleeding may occur because there is no antidote. But these warnings weren’t issued until after the drug had been on the market for at least three years and had been prescribed to millions of Americans.