At least six Xarelto lawsuits have been filed against manufacturers of the medication by consumers across the United States over the past several weeks. The defendants named in these lawsuits are Bayer Healthcare and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, which is a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. These lawsuits come in the wake of news regarding a large number of claims having been filed against these defendants during 2014. The claims that have been filed allege that using Xarelto, a relatively new blood thinner, caused serious injuries including internal bleeding and in some cases death. This new batch of Xarelto lawsuits basically makes the same claims as those that have already been filed.
Xarelto was approved for use on the American market in 2011, and it quickly gained a strong hold on the marketplace. Xarelto is used by people who suffer from an irregular heartbeat for the most part. The reason that people who suffer from this condition need a blood thinner is because they help to reduce the risks of suffering heart attacks and strokes. Obviously, either of these occurrences can quickly lead to a sudden death. Xarelto was seen as an advance within the blood thinner market because it did not require as much monitoring of patients as older medications.
Alleged Xarelto Side Effects
Unfortunately, it wasn’t long before consumers began alleging that Xarelto side effects had harmed them. The general consensus with regards to these allegations was that Xarelto led to internal bleeding, and this internal bleeding can lead to other dangerous occurrences such as heart attacks and strokes. In addition, there is no known antidote for Xarelto, meaning that once this process begins inside of the body of a patient there is little that can be done to stop it.
Examples of Xarelto Lawsuit Allegations
As stated above, there are commonalities associated with the Xarelto lawsuits that have been filed. A few examples of allegations made in these claims include the following:
- General negligence
- Strict products liability
- Breach of express warranty
- Breach of implied warranties
- Fraudulent misrepresentation
- Fraudulent concealment
- Negligent misrepresentation
- Fraud and deceit
- Loss of consortium
What these allegations mean in plain language is that the defendants knew about the risks associated with Xarelto, yet they continued to market the drug aggressively. Doing so breached warranties with consumers and the defendants continued to sell the drug in huge volume despite their alleged knowledge of the dangers. As a result, a typical plaintiff in a Xarelto lawsuit claims that he or she (or the surviving family members) lost the value of companionship. Many of these lawsuits are seeking punitive damages.
If you or someone you love has used this medication and you’ve suffered as a result, you need to take actions to make sure that your own legal rights and interests are protected. Contact the Xarelto side effects lawyers at Parilman & Associates today to schedule a free initial consultation. You can either email the firm or call 800-800-DRUG.