Xarelto is a popular prescription blood thinner prescribed to individuals suffering from various medical conditions to reduce the risk of blood clots.
Although relatively new to the US market, Xarelto has quickly become the leading prescription blood thinner in its class and has been prescribed to patients nationwide.
Unfortunately, recent studies have linked the blockbuster drug to dangerous side effects including uncontrollable bleeding which can cause serious injury and death.
Lawsuits are now being filed throughout the country against the companies responsible for manufacturing and distributing the drug in America.
This article discusses Xarelto litigation in the State of Maryland, as well as what you can do if you or a loved one believe that you may have been harmed by the blood thinner drug.
About Xarelto: A Novel Oral Anticoagulant (NOAC)
Xarelto (rivaroxaban) is part of a new class of prescription blood thinners known as Novel Oral Anticoagulants (NOACs).
These new anticoagulants are different than traditional blood thinners such as Warfarin.
Xarelto’s FDA Approval
Xarelto was approved by the FDA in 2011 to prevent blood clots in patients who had a knee or hip replacement procedure.
However, Xarelto was quickly approved for several additional uses after its initial approval. The drug is now approved for a total of six indications including the treatment of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), treatment of Pulmonary Embolism (PE), reducing risk of recurrence of DVT or PE after initial 6 month treatment and for preventing DVT in knee or hip replacement patients.
How Did Xarelto Become The #1 Blood Thinner In America?
Although Xarelto is relatively new to the US market, it has become the #1 prescription blood thinner in its category boasting over 11 million prescriptions and counting.
Much of Xarelto’s popularity can be attributed to its touted benefits over traditional blood thinners including its one-size-fits all dosage.
Whereas traditional blood thinners require variable doses depending on several factors, Xarelto has only one dosage for all patients taking the drug.
Additionally, Xarelto is considered to be low maintenance compared to traditional blood thinners which require frequent blood testing.
These benefits, along with a heavy marketing campaign, have helped to make the Xarelto the most popular prescription blood thinner in America.
However, recent studies have linked the drug to dangerous side effects which can cause serious injury and even death.
Why Is Xarelto Dangerous?
While Xarelto is said to have many benefits over traditional blood thinning medications, it does not come without its flaws.
In fact, recent studies have found a link between Xarelto and several dangerous side effects including uncontrollable bleeding.
Drug Linked To Irreversible Bleeding
Traditional blood thinners consist of a chemical compound known as coumarin and work by affecting the production level of natural blood clotting agents which rely on vitamin K.
Xarelto works in a different way by inhibiting a protein called Factor Xa, which affects the blood clotting process.
When individuals taking a traditional blood thinner experience excessive bleeding, a high dose of vitamin K can be prescribed to reverse the bleeding effects.
However, with Xarelto there is no known antidote that works to reverse excessive bleeding.
As a result, a minor bleed while taking Xarelto can quickly turn into irreversible bleeding.
Xarelto Victims In Maryland
There have been more than 11 Million Xarelto prescriptions in America since the drug was initially approved for the US market and strong sales growth is expected to continue.
This has led to, multitudes of people all over the country to take Xarelto including those residing in the State of Maryland.
By using publicly available stats from the US Census Bureau, along with statistics from clinical trials and prescription data, we have estimated the total number of major internal bleeding incidents that may be linked to Xarelto in Maryland and its five largest cities.
Estimated Bleeding Incidents In Maryland
The population in the State of Maryland was estimated to be approximately 5,976,000 people in 2014.
By weighting the State population of Maryland against the total number of Xarelto prescriptions in the US, we estimate that approximately 206,069 people in Maryland were prescribed Xarelto since its FDA approval.
By applying a 1.7% incidence rate of major internal bleeding incidents (taken from clinical trials) to our estimates, we believe that roughly 3,503 individuals who were prescribed Xarelto in Maryland suffered a major internal bleed which led to injury or death.
Additionally, we estimate the following number of major bleeding incidents linked to Xarelto in Maryland’s five most populous cities.
- Baltimore – 365
- Frederick – 41
- Gaithersburg – 40
- Rockville – 39
- Bowie – 34
Please be aware that these figures are probabilities stemming from our studies and there could be varying differences in the exact data of bleeding incidents.
Xarelto Lawsuits: What You Should Know
Due to recent studies which link Xarelto to uncontrollable bleeding, individuals and families throughout the country have filed cases against Xarelto manufacturers Bayer Ag and Janssen Pharmaceuticals. These pharmaceutical conglomerates not only manufactured the drug, but they also co-marketed the drug to the United States market.
Why Are People Filing Claims?
The lawsuits that have been filed seek to hold drug companies responsible for manufacturing and distributing dangerous drugs.
These lawsuits claim – among other allegations – that the manufacturers of Xarelto were aware of critical dangers associated with the drug, yet failed to warn the public of those risks. Additionally, individuals and families claim that responsible parties failed to perform adequate safety testing on Xarelto.
Plaintiffs in these cases seek to recover compensation for certain monetary losses and emotional damages incurred as the result of a severe bleeding injuries.
Can I File A Lawsuit?
If you or someone dear to you had Xarelto prescribed and subsequently suffered an injury due to severe bleeding, filing a Xarelto lawsuit might be the right move for you.
BloodThinnerHelp.com Is Assisting Xarelto Victims In Maryland
Numerous individuals affected by Xarelto and its adverse side effects have taken steps in getting justice by contacting Bloodthinnerhelp.com.
Our Xarelto attorneys are not authorized to practice law in Maryland State, however, we are certified to practice law in PA, NJ, DC, VA, and MA. The added benefit of our lawyers being authorized in these five states means we can file cases in those states for families all over America.
Furthermore, if working with local counsel works much better for you, contact us and we can help you do that as well. We have great business associations with other Xaretlo attorneys in Maryland and we can assist you in getting your Xaretlo lawsuit underway.
Contact Us For A Free Consultation
Did you or someone close to you suffer a major injury like internal bleeding, heart attack or even a stroke while prescribed the blood thinner Xarelto?
If so, you may be entitled to recover compensation in a Xarelto lawsuit.
Get in touch with us to get your Xarelto related questions answered and find out how you can legally take action.
Free consultations as are also available to you to help you on your path to justice.