Recent studies have linked the popular blood thinner Xarelto to harmful risks and side effects including severe internal bleeding that may cause injury or fatality.
Now, families throughout the US are filing lawsuits against the manufacturers and distributors of the prescription drug claiming that these companies knew about the risk, but failed to warn the public.
The following article discusses Xarelto lawsuits in the State of Florida including pending litigation, estimated bleeding incidents linked to Xarelto and helpful resources for families in Florida who may have been harmed by Xarelto.
Xarelto Blood Thinner Litigation In Florida
Xarelto is a popular anticoagulant (also known as a blood thinner) which is prescribed to prevent the risks of blood clots and strokes in individuals with various types of medical conditions.
The drug was initially approved by the FDA in 2011 to reduce the risk of blood clots in individuals who had undergone a knee or hip replacement surgery.
However, since its initial FDA approval, Xarelto has been approved for the prevention of blood clots and strokes in individuals with many additional conditions including those with atrial fibrillation, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolisms and more.
Xarelto quickly became the leading blood thinner in the US (in its class) due to its single dosage and touted benefits over other blood thinners such as Warfarin.
Why Is Xarelto Dangerous?
All prescription blood thinners come with certain risks. One of the most common risks associated with Xarelto, and other blood thinners, is internal bleeding as a side effect.
However, Xarelto is especially dangerous when compared to other blood thinners because there is no antidote or reversal agent which can be used to stop internal bleeding once it starts.
As a result, a minor injury caused by a fall, surgery or other incident can quickly cause unstoppable internal bleeding. Unfortunately, many Xarelto users suffer severe internal bleeding which can lead to serious injury or even death.
Some of the most severe side effects reported by Xarelto users include:
- Gastrointestinal or Abdominal Bleeding
- Brain Hemorrhaging
- Pulmonary Embolism
- Spinal Bleeding or Epidural Hematoma
- Rectal or Colon Bleeding
Internal Bleeding Injury & Death Linked To Xarelto
According to its official website, Xarelto is the leading blood thinner in the U.S. and has been prescribed more than 11 million times in the America. Additionally, the strong sales growth in recent years is expected to continue over the next decade.
Statistics from clinical trials (Rocket AF study) suggests a 1.7% incidence rate of major bleeding (defined as fatal bleeding or bleeding into a critical organ) in patients who took rivaroxaban to reduce the risk of stroke and systemic embolism in nonvalvular atrial fibrillation.
Xarelto Lawsuits In Florida
By using the incidence rate from clinical trials, along with data from the US Census Bureau, we have estimated the number of individuals in Florida who potentially suffered severe injuries or death that may be linked to Xarelto.
According to the latest statistics from the United States Census Bureau, Florida’s population was 18,801,310 in 2010.
Additionally, the five largest cities at the time were:
- Jacksonville – 821,784
- Miami – 399,508
- Tampa – 355,715
- St. Petersburg – 245,193
- Orlando – 238,834
Estimated Internal Bleeding Injuries & Deaths
By weighting for Florida’s state population versus the total US population, we estimate that there may be as many as 669,854 people in Florida who either were prescribed, or are currently prescribed Xarelto.
Using the incidence rate of major bleeding occurrences from clinical trials, we believe that there are approximately 11,388 individuals in Florida who have suffered from a serious bleeding injury or death linked to Xarelto.
Additionally, we have estimated total bleeding injuries and deaths linked to Xarelto in the following five cities:
- Jacksonville – 498
- Miami – 242
- Tampa – 216
- St. Petersburg – 149
- Orlando – 145
Again, these estimates have been determined through our research.
It is important to note that Florida’s population is estimated to have increased by more than +5% since the last US Census data from 2010.
Additionally, the State of Florida is has one of the largest populations of residents aged 60+ years and older. According to data from CVS Pharmacy, approximately 80% of Xarelto users are aged 60+ years and older.
Taking these factors into account, we believe that our estimates could be conservative.
Am I Eligible For A Xarelto Lawsuit?
People from all over the State of Florida are now filing complaints which claim that the companies continued to produce and sell Xarelto despite knowing about the significant risks associated with the drug. In fact, one of the first Xarelto lawsuits was filed by a woman in Florida claiming the drug caused her suffer internal bleeding which led to his wrongful death.
Individuals and families harmed by Xarelto have already filed claims seeking to recover physical, financial and emotional damages incurred.
BloodThinnerHelp.com Is Assisting Xarelto Victims In Florida
Bloodthinnerhelp.com has been contacted by individuals throughout Florida who have been harmed, or who lost a loved one, from a serious internal bleed, blood clot, or other injury that may be related with Xarelto.
How We Can Help You
Our attorneys are not licensed to file Xarelto complaints in the State of Florida, however we are able to represent Xarelto victims from Florida by filing a complaint in a number of other states including Pennsylvania, Delaware, Washington DC, and more.
The companies involved in Xarelto’s distribution in the US perform substantial business within these states. As a result, our attorneys are filing lawsuits in those states on behalf of victims from all across the nation.
Additionally, we can put you in contact with a local Xarelto lawyer in Florida if you prefer to file a suit locally.
Contact Us Today
Did you sustain a serious injury or lose a loved one due to an internal bleed, pulmonary embolism or other type of injury which has been linked to Xarelto?
If you are wondering what to do or have questions about Xarelto lawsuits, contact BloodThinnerHelp.com today. We offer free consultation.