NEW YORK — A former Xarelto user has recently filed a lawsuit in New York against Xarelto manufacturers seeking damages of $10 million. The lawsuit names the manufacturers Bayer Healthcare and Janssen Pharmaceuticals as well as other companies affiliated with Xarelto and alleges that the plaintiff, as a result of taking Xarelto, experienced severe bleeding that caused permanent damage and was life threatening. The award that the plaintiff seeks includes damages for care that she alleges she will need for the rest of her life as a result of her injuries from taking the drug.
Xarelto (also known as rivaroxaban) is a blood thinner that is taken orally and is used to decrease the risk of strokes. The drug is typically used by patients who have had knee or hip replacement surgery, as well as to treat atrial fibrillation, deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. Although the drug is FDA-approved, it has still been linked with numerous health risks. Some risks include headaches, increased heart rate, dizziness or muscle pain. Much more disconcerting, the drug can cause uncontrollable internal bleeding which may shut down organs. Unfortunately, there is no drug that can pause the bleeding, so anyone who receives this side effect has to wait for the drug to wear off before the bleeding stops. Although virtually every blood thinner has the risk of bleeding as a side effect, Xarelto stands out because there is no antidote to stop the bleeding once it has begun.
This most recent lawsuit is one of many. There are currently multiple pending lawsuits that have been brought against Bayer Healthcare and Janssen Pharmaceuticals. Like the new lawsuit, these pending lawsuits allege that the defendants downplayed the major health risks that have been linked to Xarelto, despite knowing about them. The lawsuits allege that the plaintiffs should have been made aware of Xarelto’s serious health risks before they were sold the drug.
Bayer and Janssen are fighting attempts by various plaintiffs to have the lawsuits consolidated. A consolidation of the lawsuits would make the process cheaper and less challenging for the plaintiffs. The consolidation of these lawsuits should be addressed soon by the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML).
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