Xarelto Lawsuits Allege Devastating Side Effects

There are almost 2,000 current lawsuits against Xarelto pending in state and federal courts. Plaintiffs in these cases claim that they';ve suffered devastating injuries as a result of taking the anticoagulant Xarelto. Problems people have reported include blood clots, stroke, gastrointestinal bleeding, and heart attacks. Xarelto has been linked to nearly 700 potential adverse events since it entered the marketplace.

Xarelto';s manufacturers, Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Bayer AG, claim that their drug is effective and safe. With all the current lawsuits pending nationwide, they are doubling down on their support for the drug by citing one specific study. In their official press release, Johnson & Johnson mentioned a five-year study that showed patterns of major bleeding happened at low rates.

One potential issue with this new official statement from the drug manufacturer is that the study is old. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Xarelto back in 2011. There is little use in releasing data from an old clinical trial now that we have years of real-world use by patients suffering from a variety of serious symptoms. An old medical study is not the final word on the matter.

Now it must be determined if the drug manufacturers had knowledge about the potential dangers of the drug and if they failed to notify health care providers and to warn consumers. Many of the recent lawsuits claim the manufacturers did not do enough to warn doctors and patients about the side effects of Xarelto. Specifically, they claim that there was a failure to warn of the dangers of life-threatening internal bleeding.

Drug manufacturers are accountable for their products. They';re required by law to test their drugs for side effects, inform prescribing doctors of the possible consequences, and warn consumers of the risks the drug presents. Failing to provide adequate warning is a form of negligence.

Negligent drug manufacturers can be held accountable for the damages they cause. If you or a loved one has suffered harm while taking Xarelto, do not hesitate to speak with a Florida pharmaceutical drug attorney to discuss your options. You may be able to receive financial support for your medical bills and other losses.

Contact Farah & Farah at (800) 533-3555.

10/21/2015 12:00am

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