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Xarelto Lawsuit Filed

24 Jun 2015  | Jim Perdue  | Dangerous Drugs

On June 23, 2015 Perdue & Kidd filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf a Harris County widow whose husband died of a spontaneous subdural hematoma bleed out while on Xarelto. The emergency room physician who attempted to treat the husband when he was admitted to the emergency room determined that nothing could be done to help the husband because he was taking an anticoagulant (Xarelto) whose effects could not be reversed. Nothing but palliative care could be offered to the husband as he bled to death in the emergency room. The lawsuit was filed in the Eastern District of Louisiana where all federal court cases against the manufacturers of Xarelto have been consolidated for pre-trial purposes. This consolidation is called MDL(Multidistrict Litigation)-2592-Xarelto Product Liability Litigation and is being overseen by the Honorable Eldon Fallon. Hundreds of lawsuits against the makers of Xarelto have been filed in the Eastern District of Louisiana and in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania state court.

Xarelto Bleeding Cannot Be Reversed

Warfarin/Coumadin has been the anticoagulant of choice since the 1950’s. If a patient has a bleeding event while on warfarin/Coumadin reversal agents or antidotes can be given to clot or thicken the blood. Unfortunately, with Xarelto, no specific antidote is available leaving doctors and patients experiencing a bleeding event while on Xarelto in a dangerous predicament. This is particularly troubling because clinical trial studies done by the makers of Xarelto show that the drug in no more effective than warfarin/Coumadin in treatment of strokes or pulmonary embolisms. Strokes and pulmonary embolisms are the main health concern for patients who are at higher risk for blood clots because of atrial fibrillation, lifestyle, diet, genetics and other factors. While the current Xarelto label does include warnings about their not being any reversal agent or antidote, this warning continues to be absent from the label’s prominently displayed BLACK BOX warnings section.

If you or a loved one has taken Xarelto and suffered bleeding, stroke, hospitalization or death contact the lawyers of Perdue & Kidd. Our attorneys have experience representing clients throughout Texas and the country against major pharmaceutical and medical device companies.

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