Lawsuit Claims – Xarelto Lacks a Reversal Agent
What is A Reversal Agent?
A reversal agent (antidote, neutralizing drug) is used to reverse possible side effects of using blood thinning drugs, including internal or uncontrolled bleeding. Xarelto, unlike other blood thinners that have been used for years, lacks a reversal agent.
Xarelto Lacks a Reversal Agent
Xarelto is a new generation of anticoagulant (blood thinner) in a class known as “Direct Xa inhibitors,” designed to reduce the risk of blood clots and strokes (AHA Journals, 2010). Bayer and Johnson & Johnson have championed Xarelto as the new alternative to Coumadin (warfarin)—the go-to blood thinner for years. Coumadin requires regular monitoring during treatment, while Xarelto does not.
The lack of a reversal agent was highly touted in Xarelto ads by Johnson & Johnson. The ads championed the freedom Xarelto users have in not requiring regular blood monitoring. However, Xarelto lacks a reversal agent to counteract the blood thinning effects of the drug, leaving doctors unable to stop bleeding that may occur. Coumadin, though it requires regular blood monitoring, has a reversal agent (AHA Journals, 2014).
Other Claims: Uncontrolled Bleeding
One of Xarelto’s most dangerous side effects is uncontrolled bleeding, which can be fatal. People who have suffered internal bleeding side effects have filed lawsuits against Bayer claiming that the company did not properly warn of the uncontrolled bleeding risk.
Lawsuits: Xarelto Multidisctrict Litigation (MDL)
On December 12, 2014, lawsuits against Xarelto—a blood thinner produced by Bayer and marketed by Johnson & Johnson—were officially centralized in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) under In re: Xarelto (Rivaroxaban) Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2592 .
Have You Experienced Bleeding Side Effects from Xarelto Use?
Patients who have experienced uncontrolled bleeding or other similar side effects from using Xarelto may wish to speak to a lawyer to find out if they are eligible to file a lawsuit. For more information about whether you may have a case, contact the attorneys at Hissey Kientz, LLP by calling toll-free at 1-866-275-4454 or by filling out the contact form on this page.