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Thousands of Xarelto Uncontrolled Bleeding Lawsuits Are Filed

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Thousands of Xarelto Uncontrolled Bleeding Lawsuits Are Filed

By Bill O'Mara, Virginia Dangerous Drugs Lawyer

You may have seen TV ads for Xarelto. It’s the relatively new blood-thinning drug that being promoted hard by its manufacturers.

When you consider it made about $1.8 billion in US sales last year, you get some indication of the massive profits involved.

There’s another important statistic when it comes to Xarelto that that the manufacturers aren’t talking about. Xarelto is the subject of more than 5,000 lawsuits and 10 percent of those involve patient deaths. That’s allegedly about 500 families who have lost a loved one because they took a drug that was meant to make them better.


This month Business Insider reported on a new controversy over Xarelto, claiming the drug manufacturers may have misled a medical journal.

A report in the New York Times discovered a “footnote in a federal legal briefing” that suggested the drug's developers, Johnson & Johnson and Bayer, potentially left out some areas of important data when a peer reviewer asked for it.

Documents filed with the litigation suggested that the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is questioning whether a potentially faulty testing device could have compromised results in a clinical trial that played an important part in the agency approving the drug in the first place.  

The peer reviewer was a researcher independent of the study who reviews the findings at the New England Journal of Medicine.  It has led to claims that industry influence led to concealing of data related to Xarelto.

European regulators are also conducting an investigation into Xarelto in the light of the numerous lawsuits.

As we have noted in the past Xarelto has been linked to uncontrolled bleeding. While it is touted as a modern replacement for warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven), a study in the New England Journal of Medicine found little evidence that Xarelto is more effective than warfarin. It also has some potentially fatal downsides. See our page on the dangers of Xarelto.

If you or a loved one has suffered serious side effects from using Xarelto or another drug thinner, we would like to hear from you. Call us today at (757) 455-0077.

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John Cooper

John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.

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Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.

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Bill O’mara

Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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