Fight Back With a Xarelto® Lawsuit
Hundreds of personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits have been filed against the maker of Xarelto® (rivaroxaban), a prescription anticoagulant medication. This blood thinner has been linked to increased risk of uncontrollable bleeding for patients, along with other dangerous complications.
If you or a loved one has experienced harmful side effects from this drug, your recourse may be a Xarelto® lawsuit. Olsen Law Offices assists victims and families in the San Diego, CA, area, fighting for compensation for injuries and losses caused by pharmaceutical error. Contact attorney Chris Olsen to schedule your free consultation today.
In 2011, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Xarelto® as a preventative treatment for blood clots in patients undergoing hip or knee replacement surgery. It was also approved for patients suffering from atrial fibrillation (heart arrhythmia), and prescribed to prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT), pulmonary embolism (PE), and stroke.
Xarelto® was marketed to doctors as a good alternative to Warfarin, a similar medication in use since 1954 that requires regular blood tests for users. Warfarin is linked to an increased risk of bleeding, but this side effect can be successfully treated with high doses of vitamin K. The manufacturers and marketers of Xarelto® touted the new drug’s superiority, claiming it eliminated the requirement for routine blood tests for patients.
However, internal and uncontrollable bleeding events occurred for many patients on Xarelto®. In these cases, vitamin K did not work as an antidote, and patients died or were seriously harmed by uncontrollable bleeding. Three times as many patients have died from Xarelto® complications as compared to deaths from Warfarin or other similar medications.
In addition, though Xarelto® was prescribed to prevent blood clots, a number of patients have experienced clotting events. Other reported complications include increased infections after surgery, cerebral hemorrhage, hematoma, swelling of lower limbs, and breathing difficulties.
Across the country, attorneys have filed personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits against Janssen Pharmaceutical (a division of Johnson & Johnson), the manufacturer of Xarelto®, and Bayer Healthcare, the company that markets the drug. On behalf of hundreds of plaintiffs, the suits allege that these companies failed to sufficiently warn doctors and patients about the dangers of this medication, including the fact that there is no antidote.
Had adequate warnings been provided, patients and their physicians may have chosen a different medication or used regular blood testing to decrease risk of a bleeding event. Now, the risks are considered high enough that Xarelto® has landed on the top of the list of high-alert, or dangerous, anticoagulant medications from the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP).
Attorney Olsen has years of experience in product liability and personal injury law, with a proven record of results. He has secured millions for his clients through negotiation and litigation.
Chris Olsen Stands With Victims
Product liability laws are in place to protect victims from companies who choose to put profits before public safety. If a manufacturer, distributor or marketer is found to have acted negligently, victims are entitled to monetary compensation.
Olsen Law Offices is dedicated to protecting the rights of victims under these laws. Attorney Olsen has years of experience in this area of the law, with a proven record of results. He has secured millions for his clients through negotiation and litigation. If you or your family have been harmed by Xarelto®, our firm will fight for your right to full compensation.
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Were you prescribed Xarelto® and experienced complications? If you or a loved one has suffered because of this drug, we encourage you to contact us today and schedule a free consultation.