You may have heard by now that all over the country lawsuits are being filed against Bayer AG and Johnson&Johnson claiming that a drug they manufacture and distribute, Xarelto, causes serious internal bleeding, severe injuries, and even death. Xarelto is a dangerous drug and many studies have linked it to causing these reported adverse events. This article will give you more information about Xarelto, its side effects, and what to do if you are a Xarelto victim in Tennessee and are unsure of what to do next.
What Exactly is Xarelto?
Xarelto is an anticoagulant that works by blocking a property of the blood called thrombin, making it an Xa inhibitor. Thrombin is what helps blood clot in the event of an injury. This is the desired outcome for patients who are taking blood thinners because they are experiencing excessive blood clots or have recently undergone knee or hip replacement surgeries. Xarelto was approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in 2011 and since then 11 million prescriptions have been written for the drug across the United States. Since its release however, Xarelto has caused adverse reactions in many patients taking the drug due to its very serious side effects. Several studies have linked Xarelto usage to these events and the FDA has increasingly become more and more aware of the damages that Xarelto can cause compared to other blood thinners on the market.
Why is Xarelto More Dangerous?
Xarelto is more dangerous than other blood thinners because there is no known antidote for Xarelto. The effects of other drugs meant for the same purpose, such as Warfarin, are able to be reversed if necessary by administering Vitamin K or protamine sulfate. These are both antidotes that will help the blood clot. If a patient experiences severe internal bleeding from an accident or injury, the effects can be catastrophic if they are on blood thinners. If the blood thinner they are taking has an antidote, then the situation can potentially be controlled. With Xarelto however, there is no known antidote, so if a patient experiences an injury that causes internal bleeding, there is no way to stop it. This can lead to a host of severe injuries or death.
Side Effects of Xarelto
Many of the side effects of Xarelto are caused by its dangerous, uncontrollable internal bleeding, but the most common adverse events experienced by Xarelto users are actaully caused by prematurely stopping Xarelto usage. If one suddenly stops taking Xarelto, undesired blood clots can form in the system and cause a pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis, or stroke. The third and fourth most frequently reported adverse events were gastrointestinal bleeds and hemorrhages respectively. Other reported injuries include thrombosis, cerebrovascular incidents, hematoma, dyspnea, hemoglobin deficiency, and edema. For more information, visit our Xarelto Side Effects page.
Xarelto currently has two Black Box warnings attached to it. The Black Box warning is the most strict warning the FDA can assign to a drug short of recalling it, and Xarelto has two separate warnings attached to it. The FDA also issued a warning in 2014 detailing drugs that should not be taken with Xarelto because they have the potential to cause even more serious reactions when combined. The drugs are listed as:
- 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
Internal Bleeding Incidents in Tennessee
Using available data, our team has been able to estimate how many potential internal bleeding incidents may have occurred in Tennessee. By comparing the number of prescriptions written in the United States for Xarelto, to the most recent data from the 2010 Census for the entire country, the state of Tennessee, and its most populous cities, we are able to estimate how many residents of Tennessee may have experienced an adverse reaction to Xarelto. At the time of the 2010 US Census, 6,346,105 people lived in Tennessee. Here are the numbers for the top five most populated cities in the state:
Top Five Most Populous TN Cities
- Memphis – 646,889
- Nashville – 626,681
- Knoxville – 178,874
- Chattanooga – 167,674
- Clarksville – 132,929
Internal Bleeding Incidents in Tennessee
- Memphis – 391
- Nashville – 379
- Knoxville – 108
- Chattanooga – 101
- Clarksville – 80
Our Tennessee Xarelto Lawyers
Our Tennessee Xarelto Lawyes are currently accepting cases to file against Bayer AG and Johnson&Johnson concerning the injuries, pain, and suffering that Xarelto has caused its victims. They are very experienced in tackling big pharmaceutical companies. If you or a loved one have taken Xarelto and experienced severe internal bleeding, any of the other adverse effects listed above, or even death, you may have a case against Xarelto. Our Xarelto lawyers can work with you and help you gain compensation and justice. At this point in the process you probably have many questions. Our Xarelto lawyers are available 24/7 to answer any questions you may have, contact us for a free consultation and case evaluation.
Resources for Xarelto Victims in Tennessee
University of Tennessee Medical Center
1924 Aloca Hwy
Knoxville, TN 37920
Nashville General Hospital
1818 Albion Street
Nashville, TN 37208