Xarelto – Risk of Adverse Events on the Rise
Xarelto, also known as Rivaroxaban, can cause severe, irreversible and life threatening bleeding and death.
What is Xarelto?
Xarelto (rivaroxaban) is an oral blood thinner, also known as an anticoagulant. It is prescribed to prevent and treat deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. It is also used to reduce the risk of stroke in people with non-valvular atrial fibrillation, which is the most common type of abnormal heart rhythm. The FDA approved Xarelto to reduce the risk of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism in July 2011. The FDA then expanded its approval to the ongoing treatment and prevention in November 2012. The FDA also approved Xarelto for reduction of stroke risk in people with non-valvular atrial fibrillation in November 2011. Xarelto is manufactured by Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Bayer.
In 2013, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices’ QuarterWatch reported that the numbers of adverse events reported to the FDA were steadily increasing for Xarelto. In January 2014, the FDA’s safety surveillance agency announced the development of a surveillance plan to study the drug which would monitor ischemic strokes, intracranial hemorrhages and gastrointestinal bleeding. There is currently no antidote for Xarelto complications.
Xarelto Related Injuries and Complications
Injuries that can occur include:
- Gastrointestinal bleeding
- Cerebral hemorrhage
- Heart attack
- Blood clots
Timeline of Xarelto on the Market
Protect Your Rights
If you or someone you know has experienced any of the symptoms listed above as a result of taking Xarelto, please contact your doctor right away. Your safety is priority number one.
You may also be entitled to compensation. Ashcraft & Gerel, LLP is investigating possible lawsuits against the makers of Xarelto. Our experienced dangerous pharmaceutical and medical device attorneys have successfully handled many similar cases in the past. Please contact us online or call us at 800-829-7037 to speak with an attorney today. All consultations are free and completely confidential.