We Represent Xarelto Patients in Tucson and Southern Arizona
The anticoagulant medication Rivaroxaban, sold as Xarelto, has been linked to severe, sometimes fatal, internal bleeding. Unlike Warfarin, an older and safer alternative, there is no medication that can reverse internal bleeding caused by Xarelto.
Xarelto may also cause infection associated with hip or knee replacement surgery, difficulty breathing, decreased hemoglobin, cerebral hemorrhage, hematoma and peripheral edema.
Why is Xarelto Prescribed?
Xarelto is one of a new class of drugs known as new oral anti-coagulants. It is a blood thinner prescribed to prevent blood clots in patients suffering from atrial fibrillation or arrhythmia of the heart, stroke, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, and sometimes to knee and hip-replacement patients. While it is meant to be an improvement upon older medications like Warfarin, as a blood thinner Xarelto greatly increases the risk of a major bleeding event.
Why is there Xarelto Litigation?
The manufacturers of Xarelto, Janssen Pharmaceutical, may have known about the risk of internal bleeding, its irreversability and risk of death but failed to warn patients, who might have then chosen the safer alternative Warfarin. Warfarin is considered safer because internal bleeding caused by Warfarin can be reversed with high dosages of Vitamin K.
Patients who take Warfarin are required to have a blood test to determine their risk of bleeding and this has been an effective safeguard for these patients for over 50 years. The makers of Xarelto, however, say that patients taking their medication do not need blood monitoring, making it a more convenient therapy than Warfarin. However, recent studies have shown that if Xarelto patients take this simple blood test, and have their dosage adjusted as needed, their risk of stroke or bleeding is reduced by as much as 20%-40%.
Xarelto Lawsuits in Arizona
Arizona, like every state in the U.S., has statute of limitation restrictions on filing a lawsuit against drug makers for injuries caused by their medications. While Xarelto litigation is still in the early stages, we advise you to consult with an attorney who can evaluate your situation. If we can be of any assistance, please fill out our online contact form or call (520) 624-0126