Xarelto is a blood thinner used to help treat and prevent blood clots. Janssen Pharmaceuticals of Johnson & Johnson submitted the drug Xarelto for approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2011. The drug was approved for preventing deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolisms in patients undergoing hip or knee arthroplasty.
Promising the convenience of freedom from dietary restrictions and the need to constantly monitor blood levels, Xarelto was one of the first major torts in 2015, due to the misleading marketing and severe side effects associated with the drug.
Patients who took Xarelto suffered from serious and even life-threatening side effects, including:
- Uncontrollable Internal Bleeding
- Brain Bleeds
- Bloody Stool
- Gastrointestinal Bleeding
The FDA issued a Black Box warning in 2012. A Black Box warning label is reserved for medications that pose a high risk of serious or life-threatening side effects to patients. Unfortunately, the drug was not removed from the market after receiving a black box label putting thousands of patients at risk.
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