Ohio residents who were injured by Xarelto (rivaroxaban) may be eligible to file an Ohio Xarelto lawsuit. The Kollin Firm is evaluating claims involving severe bleeding, blood clots, and other complications. We are concerned that Bayer HealthCare, the manufacturer of Xarelto, may be responsible for selling a defective drug without properly warning about its risks.
Free Ohio Xarelto Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or your loved one is a resident of Ohio who was injured by Xarelto, contact our law firm immediately for a free case consultation. If you file a lawsuit, you could receive compensation for your injury, medical expenses, and more.
What is Xarelto?
Xarelto (generic: rivaroxaban) is an oral blood-thinning medication that was approved by the FDA in 2011. It is used to reduce the risk of blood clots and stroke in patients who have abnormal heart rhythm (atrial fibrillation) and patients recovering from orthopedic surgery on their hips or knees.
Missing a Dose of Xarelto
Xarelto carries a “Black Box” warning about the increased risk of blood clots from prematurely discontinuing Xarelto. Missing a dose of Xarelto is very serious. Xarelto prevents blood clots by blocking an enzyme calledfactor Xa. It starts working within 2 to 4 hours and is active for 8-12 hours, but normal factor Xa levels do not return for 24 hours, making once-daily dosing possible.
In comparison, one dose of warfarin takes 24 hours to start working, but its effectiveness last 2-5 days. This means there is a much lower margin of safety for a Xarelto patient who accidentally misses a dose. If doctors do not clearly warn patients about the danger of missing a dose, they may underestimate the risk of blood clots.
Xarelto Has No Antidote
There is no quick-and-easy antidote to Xarelto. Bayer HealthCare launched Xarelto without conducting clinical trials to determine the best way to stop emergency bleeding in a Xarelto patient. In comparison, warfarin can be reversed with Vitamin K. Pradaxa (dabigatran), Xarelto’s predecessor and major competitor, can be reversed with dialysis. Xarelto binds too tightly to plasma proteins to be removed with dialysis.
Xarelto and Blood Clots
Xarelto is supposed to prevent blood clots, but recent studies have found evidence of an alarming risk for certain patient populations. According to the Institute for Safe Medicine Practices (ISMP) QuarterWatch report from October 2012, Xarelto was associated with 150 adverse events involving blood clots during the first three months of the year.
Investigators were particularly concerned about younger patients undergoing orthopedic surgery:
“The largest identifiable category was serious blood-clot-related injury — most frequently pulmonary embolism — the very events rivaroxaban is intended to prevent. … These thromboembolic events with rivaroxaban occurred in younger patients (median age 66 years) taking the anticoagulant drugs after hip or knee replacement surgery.”
Xarelto Blood Clot Risks & Complications
- Blood clots (thromboembolism)
- Venous thrombosis
- Pulmonary embolism
- Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
- Circulatory problems
- Heart attack
- Major bleeding
Do I have an Ohio Xarelto Lawsuit?
The Product Liability & Defective Drug Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Xarelto lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cases in Ohio.
Free Ohio Xarelto Lawsuit Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one was injured by Xarelto, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing an Ohio Xarelto lawsuit, and we can help.
We are currently assisting clients in the following Ohio regions:
- Dayton, Ohio
- Columbus, Ohio
- Cleveland, Ohio
- Cincinnati, Ohio
- Akron, Ohio
- Toledo, Ohio