What is Xarelto?
Xarelto is a relatively new anticoagulant drug containing the active ingredient rivaroxaban. It is part of a new class of blood thinners called Xa Inhibitors, the latest class to be released onto the market. Xa inhibitors work differently that traditional blood thinners because they block the chemical in the blood that is responsible for making the blood clot, thrombin. Xarelto manufacturers and distributors have spent a significant amount of time and money convincing the public that Xarelto is a better option because of it’s ‘one size fits all’ dosage. There is no need to go in for frequent blood testing or adhere to a specific diet as there is with traditional blood thinners. Even though Xarelto seems like it may be a more convenient and a better option, studies have shown that there is no real medical benefit of taking Xarelto over a more traditional, safer, blood thinner such as Warfarin.
Xarelto’s Dangerous Side Effects
Since its release, Xarelto has been the subject of a variety of studies that link the drug to several serious adverse events. The adverse events that Xarelto can cause can be generally grouped into two categories, one being severe, uncontrollable internal bleeding, and the other being injuries caused by excessive blood clots.
The severe internal bleeding Xarelto is linked to can be explained because there is no known antidote to the anticoagulant effects of Xarelto. If a patient who is taking Xarelto injures themselves in some way that causes internal bleeding, there is no way to stop that bleeding because due to the nature in which Xarelto operates, the drug has completely taken away the blood’s ability to clot. Traditional blood thinners such as Warfarin, can have their anticoagulant effects reversed in an emergency situation by administering vitamin K or promatine sulfate to the patient. These traditional antidotes will not work with Xarelto, making it especially dangerous. By taking away the blood’s ability to clot, the patient is at risk for injuries that can be caused by severe internal bleeding such as impaired organ function, brain cell death, stroke, and death.
Xarelto can also cause injuries by creating excessive blood clots in the patient if they stop taking the drug prematurely. This often happens when the patient is attempting to transition off of Xarelto and onto a different, safer blood thinner. These excess blood clots can cause a pulmonary embolism or a stroke and be very dangerous.
Due to the side effects that have been linked to the drug, the FDA has attached two ‘Black Box’ warnings to the drug, meaning that there is a reasonable risk of hazard associated with using the drug. It is the strictest warning that the FDA can issue to a drug short of recalling it. For more information about Xarelto’s dangerous side effects, click here.
Internal Bleeding Events Linked to Xarelto in Utah
Using data available to us, our team has been able to estimate the number of internal bleeding incidents in Utah that may have been caused by Xarelto. By comparing the state population at the time of the 2010 U.S. Census to the number of prescriptions that have been written for Xarelto since its release, we are able to estimate how many Utah citizens may have been injured by Xarelto. We have further broken that data down by city. At the time of the 2010 U.S. Census, Utah had a population of 2,763,885. We estimate that 1,674 residents of Utah as a whole may have experienced an adverse event related to Xarelto usage.
Populations of Utah’s Top Five Largest Cities
- Salt Lake City 186,440
- West Valley 129,480
- Provo – 112,488
- West Jordan – 103,712
- Orem – 88,328
Internal Bleeding Injuries in Utah’s Top Five Largest Cities
- Salt Lake City – 112
- West Valley – 78
- Provo – 68
- West Jordan – 62
- Orem – 53
Pursuing Legal Action Against Xarelto
If you are a resident of Utah and believe that you or a loved one have been injured after taking Xarelto, there are resources available to help you. There are currently lawsuits being filed all across the country holding the manufacturers of Xarelto responsible for their actions, alleging that the manufacturers, Bayer AG and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, knew about the dangerous side effects and concealed the information from the public.
Xarelto Lawsuit Attorneys
The lawyers at Osborne & Associates are no strangers to standing up to large pharmaceutical giants to seek justice for their clients. Our firm has an excellent track record in gaining favorable outcomes for our clients. Contact us for a free case evaluation and consultation and we will help you get started with your case. Our team of lawyers are currently licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Washington D.C., and Massachusetts. If you would prefer to file your case with legal council locally, we will be able to help you with that too. Due to our work on Xarelto litigation, we have developed an extensive network of working relationships with lawyers in every state who are more than capable of handling your Xarelto litigation, even in Utah.