Claims against the makers of the blood thinner Xarelto are mounting. Through adverse event reports and lawsuits, the drug has been linked to serious, deadly side effects, namely:
- Life-threatening, uncontrollable bleeding
- Cerebral hemorrhage
- Blood clot
Most of the lawsuits allege that the makers of Xarelto – Bayer and Johnson & Johnson – did not adequately warn patients and doctors of these risks. Like Pradaxa and warfarin, Xarelto poses a risk of serious bleeding. While bleeding caused by warfarin can be stopped with vitamin K, no such reversal agent exists for Xarelta, thus the bleeding caused by this anticoagulant is uncontrollable and can be fatal. Some lawsuits allege that doctors and patients were not adequately warned of the lack of a reversal agent for serious bleeding.
Warfarin has been widely prescribed since the 1950s. It's a long-standing anticoagulant, but it comes with the inconvenience of dietary restrictions and regular blood monitoring by a doctor. Xarelto came with an increased price tag, but it allows patients to avoid the stringent requirements associated with warfarin. Now, people who have suffered serious injuries from Xarelto side effects and the families of people who have died because of side effects of the drug are filing claims to pursue compensation and to hold the drug manufacturers accountable.