Our blog has been taking an in-depth look at the prescription blood thinner Xarelto, which goes by the generic name rivaroxaban, over the last few weeks. Indeed, in our last post, we spent some time focusing on how this popular anticoagulant has been linked to a host of major side effects, including internal or external hemorrhaging.
In today's post, we'll conclude our discussion, examining how the U.S. Food & Drug Administration has already taken action against Xarelto just five years after its introduction to the consumer market, as well as the increasing number of lawsuits being filed in connection with its use.
What kind of action has the FDA taken against Xarelto?
Xarelto has two different "boxed warnings," which are frequently referred to in the popular press as "black box warnings." For those unfamiliar with this term, they are essentially prominent warning labels that are designed to warn users of serious health risks or life-threatening complications to which use of the medication has been linked.
What do Xarelto's two black box warnings address?
One of Xarelto's black box warnings indicates that prematurely stopping use of the drug can greatly increase the chances of "thrombotic events," meaning blood clots. The second black box warning indicates that use of the drug elevates a patient's risk of traumatic brain injuries and spinal trauma, particularly epidural hematoma and spinal hematoma.
Have people harmed by Xarelto actually pursued the matter in court?
Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals have been hit with multiple product liability lawsuits brought by Xarelto users who have suffered the aforementioned internal or external hemorrhaging injuries, or other associated life-threatening events (strokes, heart attacks, deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolisms, etc.).
A product liability lawsuit can help victims cover the astronomical hospital expenses they likely incurred as a result of their Xarelto-related injuries, as well as future medical expenses and other damages sustained.
In light of the forgoing, if you've suffered serious injuries or lost a loved one to what you believe was a dangerous prescription drug, please consider speaking with an experienced legal professional as soon as possible to learn more about your options for seeking justice.