First released in 2011, Xarelto (Rivaroxaban) is a prescription medication that is indicated to reduce the risk of stroke and blood clots in people with atrial fibrillation. Xarelto is also used to treat DVT (deep vein thrombosis), pulmonary embolism, and to prevent blood clots in people who have recently undergone knee or hip replacement surgery. Xarelto is marketed as a more convenient alternative to the well-established blood thinner Warfarin (Coumadin), which requires regular blood monitoring, dietary restrictions and dosage adjustments.
Several lawsuits have been filed against Bayer Healthcare, the manufacturer of the drug, and Janssen Pharmaceutical, a division of Johnson & Johnson that co-marketed the drug in the United States. These lawsuits claim that Bayer and Janssen did not adequately warn patients and physicians that Xarelto carried an increased risk of irreversible and fatal internal bleeding. Patients with internal bleeding who are on more established blood thinners like Warfarin can be treated with high dosages of Vitamin K.
There is no antidote for Xarelto, meaning that patients on Xarelto can experience irreversible hemorrhaging or internal bleeding which can lead to serious injury or death.
In December 2014, all of the Xarelto lawsuits filed in the United States were consolidated to a Federal District Court in the Eastern District of Louisiana. Currently, the Xarelto litigation is in the discovery phase, meaning that lawyers for both parties are exchanging information, documents and evidence. The first Xarelto trials are expected to take place in 2016. As of mid-2015, over 2,000 claims have been filed and more are being filed every day.
If you or a loved one have experienced hemorrhaging or internal bleeding while on Xarelto, you may have a claim. Chalat Hatten & Banker PC is committed to providing representation to clients in Colorado who have been injured by Xarelto. We are a local Colorado law firm with lawyers who are ready to meet with you in person in order to discuss your claim. Call or email us today in order to set up a free consultation.