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.