The blood thinner Xarelto, Bayer’s top selling drug, has been linked with at least 370 deaths according to the FDA. If you or a loved one have suffered internal bleeding, brain hemorrhage, or a surgical wound infection as a result of taking Xarelto, you may be entitled to compensation.
What is Xarelto
Xarelto is a popular blood thinner and is prescribed for many conditions including the common heart rhythm disorder known as trial fibrillation, and is also used to treat and reduce the risk of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolisms. Xarelto is one of a new class of drugs intended to replace Coumadin, which has been used since the 1960s. In 2011, federal regulators approved the use of Xarelto for patients undergoing knee and hip surgeries. Since then, the drug has been used in patients who suffer from irregular heartbeats and are at risk of stroke.
When Did Litigation Begin
An estimated 18,000 lawsuits are currently pending in state and federal courts in the United States contending that Xarelto was unreasonably dangerous and that the drug’s developers, Johnson & Johnson and Bayer, failed to warn patients about the risk of irreversible bleeding in emergencies. Three previous federal cases against Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, and Bayer Pharma AG have resulted in victories for the drug manufacturers. However, the first state court trial just began in November 2017 in Philadelphia.
Are There Any Similar Cases and What Were the Results
Thousands of lawsuits have been filed and millions of dollars in compensation have been awarded in connection with a substantially similar drug known as Pradaxa. Pradaxa was also marketed as a superior blood thinner, and like Xarelto, it does not have an antidote to stop dangerous bleeding. Upon the settlement of a multidistrict litigation resulting from the filing of about 4,000 lawsuits, patients were awarded $650 million in 2014. Because of the success of the Pradaxa litigation, Xarelto patients should be encouraged that they may be able to receive some compensation for the harm they suffered.