Well known drug companies like Bayer spend billions of dollars annually on research to find wonder drugs that will cure just about anything. One of their recent products is Xarelto, a blood thinner, which has brought in billions of dollars worth of sales since its release for public use. It has been manufactured and subsequently marketed by Johnson & Johnson, Jansen Pharmaceuticals, and Bayer HealthCare AG.
Xarelto was designed to prevent the formation of blood clots and protect individuals from having a stroke. It was first given approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a suitable blood thinner for recipients of knee or hip replacements. Not long after, it was also approved for the treatment of blood clots in patients who suffered from irregular heartbeats or atrial fibrillation. However, evidence is showing that uncontrollable bleeding can result from the use of Xarelto, leaving victims and their families devastated.
No Antidote For Excessive Xarelto Bleeding
While technically doing its job as an effective blood clot prevention drug, internal bleeding that cannot be controlled can result. The problems with the drug have partly arisen because Bayer AG researchers had thought blood would not need monitoring when Xarelto was being taken. For this reason, no antidote had been launched in case excessive bleeding took place. Bayer AG did not provide physicians with any information on how to handle any adverse reactions or side effects of the drug, so when unexpected bleeding took place, they were unable to prevent the deaths of some customers.
Xarelto Users Need Physician’s Supervision
Earlier anti blood clotting drugs like Warfarin had a plethora of information available in the event of an unexpected reaction to the drug. This enabled physicians to know exactly what to do and inform their patients in emergency events. There were other complications with this earlier generation of drugs in that the doses were different and more monitoring of patients was necessary. It was thought that Xarelto had side stepped these problems by inventing a drug where one size fits all. The FDA fast tracked the approval for the drug with the assumption that sufficient trialing had taken place to assess its suitability.
Some of the Known Side Effects of Xarelto Include:
- brain hemorrhage;
- abdominal bleeding;
- abnormal liver function;
- reduced platelet levels.
This new generation of blood thinners was discussed in an article in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. The article revealed that researchers found that out of 13,000 individuals who had undergone knee or hip surgery, Xarelto users had almost 4 times the likelihood of developing wound complications than patients taking other drugs.
Current Lawsuits Against Janssen and Bayer
There are a number of lawsuits filed against both Janssen and Bayer, including that of a man, 87-years-old, who allegedly suffered severe bleeding internally while taking Xarelto. The man started to take the drug after being advised to do so by his doctor, and not long after suffered gastrointestinal bleeding. The lawsuit has made the claim that Xarelto side effects caused this outcome and he is seeking personal injury compensation including emotional distress, pain and suffering, medical expenses, and other Xarelto related damages.
Another recent lawsuit was filed by a man who took Xarelto and subsequently died following an uncontrollable bleeding event. The complainant, his wife, said her husband was being treated for atrial fibrillation and prescribed the drug. After taking the drug for around six months, his brain started to bleed. She took him to hospital, but the bleeding could not be stopped and he lost his life. The lawsuit claims that the company failed to warn that there was no known antidote if uncontrolled bleeding occurred, basically an act of negligence.
Mounting evidences suggests that the makers of Xarelto knew of the known risks of uncontrollable bleeding events and failed to warn consumers. This failure to warn consumers of known dangerous side effects prevents Xarelto users from making an informed decision before starting a pharmaceutical regimen. If you have been injured or lost a loved one as a result of an Xarelto related uncontrollable bleeding event, call our legal team today to discuss your right to compensation.
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