Xarelto is a blood thinner produced and marketed by Bayer AG as an anticoagulant (NOAC), aimed at treating people who suffer from an irregular heartbeat or atrial fibrillation. Suffering from this heart condition means there is a greater likelihood of a blood clot forming in the heart which could travel unwittingly to the brain, causing a sudden stroke. This can cause crippling results and even death. The purported aim of Xarelto is to stop blood clotting, allowing free movement of the fluid around your body.
Drug companies are often in a hurry to collect the dollars they feel they are owed from developing and releasing what typically appears to be a life saving drug, or at the least one that helps to prolong life in a far more comfortable way. This rush to chase profits often puts lives at risk when neither the patient nor his or her doctor knows what to do when a drug like Xarelto fails to produce the advertised outcome. This is exactly what has happened to several patients who have been prescribed the drug. The effects of the drug went too far when it came to stopping blood clots and resulted in uncontrollable bleeding. Given there is no antidote recommended by Bayer, deaths are being reported from those affected.
Family members who have lost loved ones when they were taking Xarelto have filed lawsuits against the pharmaceutical company for misrepresenting the safety of the drug. The worst thing is that even physicians were kept in the dark and did not know what to do when their patients started to experience uncontrollable bleeding. Xarelto is not the only NOAC that has been criticized for fatal adverse reactions. Eliquis and Pradaxa have been named as well, but it seems that Xarelto has been leading the way in serious injuries and fatalities.
Xarelto Lawsuits for Injuries and Wrongful Deaths
There is the recent case of the death of the father of a Vermont woman who suffered from the cardiovascular condition atrial fibrillation. If not treated, this can cause blood clot development. In this case, the man had a cardiovascular condition for which Xarelto was prescribed to reduce the risk for blood clots and prevent strokes. The plaintiff who has filed the Xarelto litigation claims that her father only used the drug for a short time and encountered an injury that caused internal bleeding. He was rushed to hospital but medical staff had no idea what to do to stop the parenchymal hemorrhage that took place. Despite managing to hold on to him for 6 days, he finally died because there was no way of halting the blood loss.
Some of the earlier blood thinners like Warfarin could have their effects reversed by treatment with Vitamin K or platelet infusion. There is no way of reversing the effects of Xarelto and the drug company had not fully researched the effects of uncontrolled bleeding prior to its release. The company also allegedly believed that an antidote was not required and blood monitoring was not necessary.
The Vermont woman is only one of many plaintiffs emerging with complaints focused specifically at Bayer AG. The majority of these complaints accuse the company of being responsible for numerous injuries and deaths.
Finding Legal Help for a Xarelto Injury
If you have been injured or lost a loved one due to gastrointestinal or cerebral hemorrhaging after taking Xarelto or Eliquis, our injury lawyers are standing by to discuss your case. Research suggests Xarelto damages include internal bleeding, deep vein thrombosis (DVI), pulmonary embolism, stroke, hypovolemic shock, and death. The Dixon Injury Firm fights incredibly hard to ensure these large pharmaceutical companies do not place profits over patient safety. We are here to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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