More than 1,900 Xarelto (rivaroxaban) lawsuits have been filed against Bayer and Johnson & Johnson (J&J), and the number is expected to pass 2,000 soon. A recently published study, funded by Bayer, concluded that Xarelto is safe. Several other studies, not funded by the drug maker, came to far less favorable conclusions. Xarelto can cause serious and fatal bleeding events, as well as other side effects.
You may have seen the Xarelto ads featuring Kevin Nealon, formerly of Saturday Night Live, golfing star Arnold Palmer, NBA player Chris Bosh, and NASCAR driver Brian Vickers. They play golf and have lunch, all while talking about how much they love Xarelto.
Xarelto’s strongest selling points are that it doesn’t come with dietary restrictions and that there is no routine monitoring required making it easier and more convenient to use than warfarin.
Xarelto Side Effects can be Fatal
What the ads fail to mention is that when bleeding occurs with warfarin doctors have antidote that can quickly reverse the anti-clotting effects of the drug so the bleeding can be stopped. For Xarelto, there is no reversal agent and patients can bleed to death before the effects of the drug wear off.
Xarelto was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2011. In 2012, the FDA received reports of 2,081 adverse events involving Xarelto, including 151 fatal events, according to the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) Quarter Watch 2012 Quarter 4 and Annual Report.
If you have been harmed by Xarelto, please talk to an experienced defective drug attorney right away to learn more about your rights.