A California man has filed a Xarelto lawsuit against multiple pharmaceutical companies for damages allegedly caused by the blood-thinning medication. The plaintiff claims that the defendants, including Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals, overstated the efficacy and safety of Xarelto. The complaint alleges that no antidote exists for Xarelto in the event of hemorrhagic complications.
Like plaintiffs in other Xarelto lawsuits, the California man alleges that the defendants failed to conduct adequate research into the drug’s safety and did not sufficiently warn doctors and patients about the risks of Xarelto, in some cases hiding information about possible side effects.
Xarelto was approved by the FDA in 2011 as an anticoagulant, or blood-thinning drug. It is intended to prevent blood clotting in patients undergoing certain surgeries or with irregular heartbeats. However, according to plaintiffs in Xarelto lawsuits, Janssen’s drug can cause those taking it to bleed to death. Xarelto lawsuits claim that side effects caused by the medication were concealed or downplayed to secure company profits.
At the beginning of this year, a panel of Federal judges ruled to consolidate over 100 Xarelto lawsuits in a multidistrict litigation, despite opposition from Bayer and Johnson & Johnson. Xarelto lawsuits continue to be filed, with new cases being entered into the litigation as recently as last month.
Xarelto lawsuits have been compared to the litigation involving Pradaxa, a blood-thinning drug manufactured by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals. Over 4,000 lawsuits were filed over Pradaxa, including 500 cases of death. Recently, a $650 million settlements was reached. However, unlike Pradaxa, for which an antidote was recently approved by the FDA, Xarelto still has no remedy for the bleeding it can cause.
Consult your doctor or physician whenever making changes to your health care plan. If you or a loved one has suffered bleeding or other injuries after using Xarelto, contact the pharmaceutical attorneys at Lopez McHugh today to receive your free legal consultation. You may be eligible to receive compensation through a Xarelto lawsuit.