What do a racecar driver, a comedian and a professional golfer have in common? They’re taking Xarelto, or playing Russian roulette, as I like to call it. A new Xarelto suit claims side effects cause serious injuries. Janssen Research & Development has been sued in federal court for failing to warn of the risks.
Mary and Hubert A., plaintiffs, claim that Xarelto caused Mary to experience abnormal bleeding and a several day hospital stay, in addition to other serious injuries. Mary took Xarelto from January 2013 to May 2014. The couple seeks compensatory, consequential and punitive damages from Janssen for Mary’s injuries as well as Hubert’s loss of consortium (loss of spouse’s relationship or physical intimacy).
Xarelto (rivaroxaban) is a newer anticoagulant to hit the market. This class of blood thinners is touted as being superior to the previous class, which includes Warfarin. The FDA approved Xarelto in 2011 for use in preventing blood clots after surgery. It’s also approved for reducing the risk of stroke and systemic embolism in those who have non-valvular atrial fibrillation, in addition to being used to treat deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism.
One of the things that make Xarelto superior to Warfarin, according to Janssen, is that patients don’t have to follow dietary restrictions of have constant blood monitoring as they do with Warfarin.
Unfortunately, Xarelto beats out Warfarin in being dangerous, too. Based on adverse event reports received by the FDA, Xarelto and many of the new blood thinners may possibly be some of the most dangerous prescription drugs on the market.
As example, in an ironic twist, Xarelto can cause severe blood clots in younger patients using the drug after hip or knee replacements. It can also cause uncontrolled bleeding and hemorrhaging. It becomes even worse when one considers the fact that there is no FDA-approved antidote for Xarelto’s effects as there is for Warfarin. If Warfarin causes uncontrolled bleeding, an injected dose of vitamin K, often mixed with fresh or frozen plasma, will stop it.
Hence, the racecar driver, comedian and professional golfer playing Russian roulette.