Xarelto (rivaroxaban) is a member of a newer class of anticoagulant medications developed to compete with traditional blood-thinners such as warfarin. It was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2011, and is manufactured by Bayer and Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals.
Xarelto has proven effective in preventing blood clots and strokes in patients who've undergone total hip or knee replacement surgeries, as well as those suffering from deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, and atrial fibrillation. It's also been linked to thousands of adverse events, including hundreds of internal bleeding deaths.
If someone you loved died from irreversible Xarelto-related bleeding, you may be entitled to take legal action against the drug's manufacturers. A reputable personal injury attorney with experience handling dangerous drug cases can walk you through your options so you can decide if a wrongful death lawsuit is the right course of action for your family.
Xarelto Internal Bleeding
In 2012, the first full year Xarelto was on the market, the FDA received more than 2,000 reports of adverse events concerning the drug, including more than 150 deaths, many of which were caused by uncontrollable and irreversible internal bleeding. So, what exactly makes this new anticoagulant so much deadlier than old standbys like warfarin? In general, it's due to the differences in the way these two medications work.
Warfarin, which was approved by the FDA in 1954, achieves the desired anti-clotting effects by inhibiting vitamin K in the bloodstream. Xarelto binds to a substance called factor Xa, disrupting a conversion process that leads to the formation of blood clots.
Both drugs offer anti-clotting benefits, so what leads some patients to choose Xarelto over warfarin? For many patients, the convenience offered by Xarelto is a major factor in that decision. Unlike warfarin, which requires patients to abstain from eating certain foods—such as those high in vitamin K—and submit to weekly monitoring via blood test to determine if the dosage is correct, Xarelto dosing is one-size-fits-all, and patients can eat what they like and avoid inconvenient and costly blood tests.
Despite the requirements for dietary restrictions and blood test monitoring, there's at least one area in which warfarin outshines its newer competitor: it has a quick, easy, reliable, and safe antidote. When warfarin works a bit too well, causing or contributing to internal bleeding, doctors can counteract its blood-thinning effects with a dose of vitamin K. The same cannot be said of Xarelto, which doesn't have an antidote. Without a safe and reliable antidote, Xarelto patients and their doctors are forced to wait for the drug to naturally flush from the system, which can take 24 hours or longer. In many cases, that's time the patient simply does not have.
Who Can Bring a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
When a family member dies due to the negligence of an individual or entity, civil law allows the decedent's survivors to file a wrongful death lawsuit to seek financial compensation for their losses. It's important to note that not everyone is eligible to file this type of lawsuit.
Wrongful death lawsuits can only be filed by those who relied on the decedent for financial support, such as:
- Immediate family members (spouses, children, adopted children, or parents)
- Life partners, punitive spouses, and other partners and dependents
- Extended family members (sisters, brothers, grandparents, aunts, and uncles)
- Others who were dependent on the decedent's financial support
Are You Considering a Xarelto Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
If you tragically lost a loved one due to irreversible Xarelto internal bleeding, McGartland Law Firm can help you pursue compensation for a wide range of damages, including:
- Bleeding-related medical expenses
- Funeral, burial, or cremation costs
- Loss of the decedent's earnings, loss of inheritance, and loss of medical insurance or pension benefits
- Pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of love and companionship, loss of protection and guidance, and loss of consortium (for the surviving spouse or domestic partner)
Contact McGartland Law Firm today to schedule your free initial case consultation.