The Law Offices of Baird Brown are now accepting Xarelto induced injury cases. If you or somebody you know suffered an injury, contact us for a free consultation. Please use the form to the right or call us at (213) 487-8880.
OverviewXarelto (chemically known as rivaroxaban) is an anticoagulant, or blood thinner that prevents the formation of blood clots. Xarelto is generally prescribed to combat DVT's, a type of blood clot that occurs in the deep vein in the lower limbs. In some cases, Xarelto is used for people with atrial fibrillation (a heart rhythm disorder) to reduce the chance of a stroke.
The ProblemXarelto, which was brought to market in 2011 by Bayer, was supposed to be a better alternative to other blood thinners like warfarin, which was the standard blood thinner for decades. While the medication sold more than 1.3 billion by 2013, it had many problems. Soon after Xarelto came to market, the FDA began to receive thousands of serious adverse events, with hundreds of them reported as bleeding events. In 2014, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) released a report claiming Xarelto as the most dangerous.
InjuriesPatients who have taken Xarelto have experienced uncontrollable bleeding, which for many patients have led to a death. While bleeding events are a risk with any blood thinner, Xarelto has no antidote for an uncontrollable bleeding event. In contrast, excessive bleeding caused by warfarin can be stopped with of vitamin K treatment. Patients or their family members have since filed lawsuits against the drug maker, Bayer. Other injuries include:
- Intestinal bleeding
- Rectal bleeding
- Brain hemorrhaging
- Wound infections after hip or knee surgery