The Tampa personal injury attorneys at Lieser Skaff Alexander are pursuing product liability claims on behalf of patients who took the blood thinner Xarelto (rivaroxaban) and suffered uncontrollable bleeding or adverse medical reactions. Xarelto is manufactured by Bayer Healthcare AG and marketed in the United States by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Pharmaceutical companies owe a duty to the public to make sure that their medications are reasonably safe when used as intended. Drug manufacturers and marketers must also inform the public of the risks of taking their medications. FDA approval of a drug is not an assurance that the drug is safe and does not shield drug companies from liability.
Defendants introduced Xarelto in 2011 as a superior alternative to Coumadin (warfarin), the gold standard in blood-thinning therapies. Like Xarelto patients, Coumadin patients may be at an elevated risk of suffering bleeding problems. Some reports show that, unlike bleeding in Xarelto patients, bleeding in Coumadin patients can be stopped using Vitamin K.
It is alleged that Xarelto went to market without any approved and effective therapy to stop bleeding complications; and that Xarelto failed to warn patients that if they took Xarelto and suffered a bleeding event, there was no approved and effective treatment that will stop it. As a result of taking Xarelto, patients may have died or suffered serious health problems, including bleeding in the eyes, brain, stomach and intestines.
In addition to these allegations, several Plaintiffs are claiming that:
- Xarelto was marketed as a superior blood thinner despite studies that found higher rates of stomach and intestinal bleeding and transfusions in Xarelto patients than patients who took certain competing medications.
- Xarelto continues to be promoted as a safe blood thinning drug.
- There has been a failure to educate doctors about how to treat bleeding emergencies in Xarelto patients.
Plaintiffs can seek compensation from Defendants for past and future medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and in cases where Xarelto patients died, funeral expenses. Xarelto plaintiffs are also seeking punitive damages to punish Defendants for selling a defective and unreasonably dangerous drug and to deter them and other drug companies from taking similar actions in the future.
Time is Running Out
If you or a family member suffered a bleeding emergency after taking Xarelto, you may have personal injury claim for compensation or be part of a class action lawsuit. Contact the attorneys at Lieser Skaff Alexander for a free evaluation of your claim. Note that you have a certain amount of time after the bleeding injury or death occurred to file a claim for compensation, so do not delay in reaching out to us. We will review the details of your your case and tell you whether you are eligible for compensation.
Cost of Our Services
The Tampa personal injury attorneys at Lieser Skaff Alexander work on a contingency fee basis. This means that you pay us only if we obtain a positive result in your case, such as a settlement or jury award in your favor. If you or a family member are taking or have taken Xarelto and experienced bleeding problems as a result, contact us today for a free case evaluation.