Xarelto Lawsuits in Missouri and Illinois
Many of you may have seen commercials for and against the drug, Xarelto, on TV. Xarelto is blood-thinning drug used to prevent blood clots in patients who have had surgery or are at risk for a blood clot or stroke. Anticoagulants, such as Xarelto, are supposed to make sure that your blood will continue to circulate through your body. Millions of Americans rely on blood thinners every day, but Xarelto is a fairly new drug on the market. Unfortunately, Xarelto comes with a unique set of health risks that have brought on product liability lawsuits for bleeding.
Xarelto and Blood Thinning Drugs
Before Xarelto, Coumadin was the drug of choice for thinning blood. Even though it has been effective, Coumadin requires that patients adjust their diets and make constant trips to the doctor’s office for blood tests to see if the level of the dose needs to be adjusted. Xarelto, and other drugs like it, have become very popular because of their convenience of not having to make constant trips to the doctor.
The bad news is that these new drugs were pushed quickly through the FDA approval process and the risks that came with them were not researched enough. Currently, reports on adverse events are showing that patients taking Xarelto are in danger of a severe bleeding episode. Coumadin has an antidote for this; Xarelto does not. This means that once you start to hemorrhage or suffer with internal bleeding, there is no way for it to be stopped. Patients who have taken Xarelto may suffer or perhaps die as a result of severe internal bleeding.
A 2011 study that was published in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that Xarelto is just as effective as Coumadin. However, because Xarelto does not have an antidote for its blood-thinning properties, it is significantly more dangerous than other blood thinners. An FDA warning letter was sent to the makers of Xarelto in 2013 for not warning patients of the high risk of bleeding.
Bayer and Janssen, the makers of Xarelto, neglected to inform customers of the seriously dangerous risks that come with the drug. They still have not provided the medical community with information about how to stop dangerous bleeding from Xarelto. They are obviously putting profits before safety, and by doing so they have put the lives of millions of Americans in danger.
Xarelto Attorneys in Missouri and Illinois
Patients and relatives of people who have experienced severe internal bleeding episodes while taking Xarelto may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering through a Xarelto lawsuit. Our attorneys here at the Lieser Law Firm will be more than happy to answer any questions you and your family may have. Xarelto lawsuits are brought on a contingency basis. This means that there are no legal feels unless we win the lawsuit for you.
Filing a personal injury lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies may be the only way we can hold them accountable for their mistakes in not informing the public about the risks of their drugs.