Study Supports View That Xarelto Unsafe Because Of Bleeding Risks No Antidote

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A number of lawsuits have been filed that allege that Xarelto is unsafe because of bleeding risks and no antidote.

Xarelto is one of a new generation of anticoagulants that were introduced to replace the long-used blood thinner, Coumadin.  This new generation of drugs did not require the level of monitoring that Coumadin requires.  This ease-of-use led to rapid, widespread acceptance.  For example, Xarelto was first approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2011.  In that year, sales amounted to more than $500 million and have since risen.

With Coumadin, physicians and surgeons could administer Vitamin K as an antidote that could reverse the anticoagulant effects of the drug. However, despite Xarelto’s ease-of-use, the medication has no known, approved antidote.  A number of studies have explored the alleged link between Xarelto use and uncontrolled internal bleeding.

A study of blood thinners published in the September 17, 2014, issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) includes new evidence of a link between anticoagulants like Xarelto and major bleeding episodes.  Researchers affiliated with the University of Ottawa in Canada analyzed eight different anticoagulant prescription medications, including Xarelto (rivaroxaban).  A total of 44,989 patients were studied.

After three months of anticoagulant treatment, 0.49 percent of patients taking Xarelto had a major bleeding event. By comparison, those taking the anticoagulant Eliquis had a lower reported incidence of major bleeding episodes, 0.29 percent.

At The Levensten Law Firm, PC, we continue to investigate claims of a link between Xarelto and uncontrolled bleeding.  If you or a loved one suffered from severe bleeding after taking Xarelto, please contact The Levensten Law Firm at 215-545-5600 or at or at to learn how to file a claim for compensation for your injuries.




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