Xarelto, a brand of rivaroxaban developed by the New Jersey based Janssen Pharmaceuticals, has been marketed as a popular oral blood thinner. Blood thinners are prescribed to prevent dangerous blood clots that can obstruct blood flow throughout the body. However, Xarelto has been linked to increased risks of severe side effects such as uncontrolled bleeding which can lead to death or serious injury among the patients to which it has been prescribed.
As a result, increasing numbers of lawsuits are being filed through the United States by victims of Xarelto and their families seeking justice for their injuries.
Research Points to Xarelto as Cause of Irreversible Internal Bleeding
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of Xarelto in 2011 and modified the safety information in 2014 to reflect updated Adverse Reactions, which include excessive bleeding. Xarelto was approved by the FDA for the prevention of blood clots in patients diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis, atrial fibrillation, pulmonary embolism, stroke and also in patients who had recently undergone surgery.
However, recent studies have found distinct correlations between the use of Xarelto and severe side effects that can lead to serious injury and death of patients.
The most common reported side effect, resulting in injury, is irreversible internal bleeding with gastrointestinal bleeding, brain hemorrhaging, pulmonary embolisms, strokes and heart attacks having all been reported by patients using Xarelto.
Please visit our Xarelto Side Effects & Risks page to learn more detailed information about the potential risks and side effects of Xarelto.
Xarelto Internal Bleeding Injuries and Deaths Specific to New Jersey
According to the most recent 2014 census data, New Jersey is home to 8,938,175 residents. The five largest cities at the time of the 2014 census were:
- Newark – 277,727
- Jersey City – 254,441
- Paterson – 145,219
- Elizabeth – 126,458
- Edison – 101,207
Data from documented clinical trials conducted by Rocket AF reports that, “the most frequent adverse reactions associated with permanent drug discontinuation were bleeding events, with incidence rates of 4.3% for Xarelto.” Further reporting indicates that a 1.7% incident rate of major, life threatening bleeding exists in patients who took rivaroxaban to reduce the risk of stroke and systemic embolism in non-valvular atrial fibrillation. The Einstein extension clinical study suggests the most frequent adverse reactions associated with permanent Xarelto discontinuation are bleeding events, with incidence rates of 1.8% for Xarelto vs. 0.2% for placebo treatment groups.
Considering this reported data in conjunction with Xarelto’s official claim that over 11 million patients have been prescribed Xarelto in The U.S. thus far, it can be estimated that approximately 5413 individuals who have been prescribed Xarelto in the State of New Jersey have suffered major or life threatening internal bleeding injuries that may be linked to Xarelto.
Xarelto Lawsuits: New Jersey’s 5 Largest Cities
When considering the city population of New Jersey’s five largest cities and weighting data relative to state population, the estimated total incidents in which patients using Xarelto may have developed into injury or lead to death may be deduced.
Below is a summary of possible incidents of injury or death that may have resulted from ingesting prescription Xarelto:
- Newark – 168
- Jersey City – 154
- Paterson – 88
- Elizabeth – 77
- Edison – 61
How To File A Xarelto Litigation
If you or someone dear to you were prescribed Xarelto in order to prevent blood clots and consequently suffered a stroke, heart attack or had internal bleeding occur, you may have the legal right to file a Xarelto case.
Do you have questions specific to your situation? You are not alone. Contact our trusted Xarelto advocates and receive a no cost meeting to discuss your case.
If you have suffered a serious injury or have even lost a loved one due to a stroke, heart attack, brain hemorrhage, pulmonary embolism or internal bleeding during or following the taking of Xarelto, you likely have many unanswered questions. Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions for answers, or contact us directly today.
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Right now Osborne & Associates is taking Xarelto cases from people all over the country as well as those living in New Jersey. Get to know our Xarelto attorneys here. Our advocates are fully certified to practice law in the state of New Jersey and are dedicated to the pursuit of justice for all people who have suffered any type of injury due to Xarelto.