What makes Xarelto different than the other blood thinner medication is that it is actually a Xa inhibitor, meaning that it works to think out the blood by blocking thrombin. This is the chemical found in the blood that leads to a blood clot. Being able to block thrombin, Xarelto works to break down and then prevent any blood clot that can be a problem if you have gone through either knee replacement or hip surgery, are going through deep vein thrombosis or have been diagnosed as having atrial fibrillation.
The major side effect linked to Xarelto use is internal bleeding that is uncontrollable. Internal bleeding can be a lot more dangerous than external bleeds, as it is more difficult to identify. Since Xarelto will keep the blood from clotting, internal bleeding events can result in the need for hospitalization right away, or even death.
Along with severe internal bleeding, one serious risk that has been linked to the use of Xarelto is that it can lead to blood clotting if the person stops taking the drug before they are supposed to. This is something reported as happening whenever a patient is transitioning from Xarelto because there is no reversal agent, back to the drug Warfarin, which happens to have a reversal agent in it.
Back in 2013, the FDA put out a report that was focused on adverse medical events that are linked to the use of Xarelto. The report noted that about 2,100 of the people surveyed had reported adverse events concerning Xarelto. Out of that, 1,821 of the people cited Xarelto as being the main cause of the event.
The major four side effects to be reported in the study were:
– Deep Vein Thrombosis
– Pulmonary Embolism
– Gastrointestinal Bleeds
Some of the other adverse events that were included are cerebrovascular incidents, thrombosis, edema, dyspnea, and hematoma and hemoglobin deficiency. With 891 of the cases that were reported, hospitalization was necessary. Unfortunately, 183 of the cases resulted in the death of the patient.
A pulmonary embolism is something that happens when the blood flowing to the lungs gets blocked due to a blood clot. This is most commonly caused by a deep vein thrombosis, which is where a blood clot gets formed down in the veins of the legs or arms, then travels into the lungs where it forms a blockage. The symptoms of pulmonary embolism include severe chest pain, coughing up blood, and shortness of breath. The symptoms might only occur after serious damage is already done. A pulmonary embolism is difficult to diagnose, often leading to death.
This is internal bleeding in the abdominal area, which can be very serious. The abdominal region holds a lot of vital organs. In the event that there is an internal bleed, the blood can pool around such organs and then cut them off from the supply of blood that is freshly oxygenated. Whenever organs are cut off from oxygen for long, they will start to die. The signs of a gastrointestinal bleed can include coughing up blood or vomiting it up, resembling coffee grounds.
Internal bleeding in the brain has been always very dangerous. This can result in suffocation of the brain cells as they starve for oxygen. If they get cut off from oxygen for far too long, they can begin to die, leading to effects that are similar to a stroke. The signs that there is a brain bleed can include numbness in the arms, legs, or face, speech that is slurred, difficulty when moving or walking, harsh headaches, lack of coordination and impaired vision.
Many critics say that Xarelto is also far more dangerous than other available blood thinner medication because there is nothing that can be used as a reversal agent. If any patient that is taking Xarelto goes through internal bleeding, you do not have a drug that will counteract it to stop the bleeding.
There are a number of side effects associated, and one of the most dangerous is internal bleeding signs, which can lead to death. People have filed lawsuits against Bayer as a result of internal bleeding. They filed lawsuits claiming Bayer did not warn of internal bleeding.
Bayer Healthcare, as well as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen subsidiary has been hit with a number of product liability lawsuits. The lawsuits have been filed on behalf of people from all around the country. These people have suffered from internal bleeding signs and severe bleeding injuries as a result of Xarelto.
The date for the trials have been set, and the truth is that litigation against Xarelto just keeps on growing because new lawsuits are filed daily, and one of the most recent ones come from a woman in Florida. She claims the medicine caused her husband to die because it leads to fatal internal bleeding signs. The litigation is still in the stages of pretrial, and the dates have already been pushed a number of times, but this time around there are dates for the first two trials, with one being on February 6, 2017 and the other being on March 13, 2017.
The third trial is going to be held in Mississippi on April 24, 2017, and it will also be held on May 30, 2017 in the state of Texas and only these four cases will be heard during the bellwether trials and this is because of the number of lawsuits that have been filed. You may be wondering why these four cases have been chosen and there is a reason for this. The lawsuits were chosen because they are considered to be the most representative cases.
In Xarelto MDL, the defendants will be the manufacturers of Xarelto, which is Janssen Pharmaceuticals, and Bayer AG, and the plaintiffs are accusing the companies of negligence because they are accused of not properly warning people about the dangers of the medicine. The medicine’s side effects don’t include internal bleeding signs episodes that may lead to a person dying and there is nothing on the market that can reverse the medicine’s side effects, and the plaintiffs are accusing the companies of knowing this, yet they still chose to market the medicine and advertise it as a safer drug to use then their competitors’ drugs.
In December 2014 was when MDL was consolidated and since then, there have been a number of lawsuits filed and some of the damages include pain and suffering, as well as loss of wages, medical treatment and even funeral costs. If you have ever taken the medicine or someone you know has, and you or they have experienced internal bleeding signs, then you should speak with an advocate as soon as possible, as they will be able to answer some questions for you. Keep in mind the amount of money you can recover via a lawsuit does depend on a number of factors, such as age, the extent of the injury and whether or not the person died and whether or not the patient had any dependents.