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Johnson & Johnson and Bayer Accused of Withholding Xarelto Study Data

Posted on June 2, 2016

Is it possible that two giant pharmaceutical corporations and a leading university withheld vital data from the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine? It may be hard to believe, but that’s exactly what attorneys are arguing allegedly happened to plaintiffs who experienced injuries related to the anticoagulant medication Xarelto.

Allegations surround a three year study that involved 14,000 patients and was conducted by Duke University’s Clinical Research Institute. This study compared the newer blood thinning medication Xarelto (rivaroxaban) to older, more established, anticoagulants like Warfarin. A device used to measure the effectiveness of the medications on blood clotting was later found to be faulty and was recalled. This called into question the study’s finding that Xarelto was more effective in preventing blood clots than Warfarin. Re-analysis of patient blood taken by researchers at Duke omitted certain vital data when it was submitted to the New England Journal of Medicine.

Physicians write approximately 23 million prescriptions for Xarelto each year. The drug rakes in over $2 billion annually. Would pharmaceutical companies manipulate study data to protect such a profitable cash cow? If they did, this is a very troubling situation.

Both Xarelto and Warfarin carry the risk of excessive bleeding. The difference is that Warfarin has an antidote that will stop the bleeding, Xarelto does not. Numerous people have died from excessive bleeding caused by Xarelto and many have suffered severe injuries. If you were prescribed Xarelto and experienced any side effects, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. In the unfortunate event that you lost a loved one who was prescribed Xarelto, you and your family may be entitled to compensation for certain wrongful death damages.

To find out more about your legal rights and options, you’ll need to consult a skilled pharmaceutical litigation attorney. Call the legal team at the law offices of Farah & Farah today for a free case analysis by dialing (800) 533-3555. We are currently investigating Xarelto related injuries nationwide.