The Makers of Xarelto are Facing a Litany of Lawsuits
I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento Xarelto Injury Lawyer. Despite the numerous advances in medical technology, one of the biggest problems facing the healthcare community today continues to remain blood clots. Fortunately, numerous drugs and procedures have been released to try to combat the dangers of blood clots; however, sometimes, these drugs fall short.
The Promise of Xarelto
When Xarelto was first released, it was marketed as not only a safer but also a superior alternative to the conventional methods of treating people needing anticoagulants. For example, Warfarin (also called Coumadin) has been around since the dawn of blood clotting therapy; however, many people dislike this drug because they have to get their blood drawn on a regular basis to ensure that they aren’t taking too much or too little of Warfarin. When the makers or Xarelto released it to the open market, they marketed this drug as a way for people to avoid having their blood drawn on a regular basis. In addition, they also stated that the drug could be a superior pharmaceutical to Warfarin. Patients and physicians everywhere raved about the drug’s superiority to other treatment options and hoped that it might bring an end to the issues with blood clotting medications and IVC blood clot filter defects.
The Drug Has Issues
In the medical world, there are a myriad of reasons why someone might be placed on a blood-thinning medication. People with an abnormal heart rhythm may have issues circulating their blood properly. Their blood might pool and, possibly, clot. Those who are having a major surgery, such as surgery for a femur fracture or a facial fracture, or who are at a risk of developing a stroke (a type of brain injury) may also be placed on Xarelto. While the drug was marketed as a superior alternative to Warfarin, there is a major issue: the drug has no antidote. When it comes to Warfarin, there are multiple antidotes that physicians can use if someone overdoses on Warfarin, one of which being Vitamin K, readily available in many different forms. Xarelto has no antidote. Therefore, any problems with this medication become magnified.
Internal Bleeding Started to Develop
As physicians everywhere started to prescribe Xarelto for their patients, they started to realize that the side effects may have been a little bit worse than they were led to believe. Patients all over the country started to suffer from internal bleeding. Internal bleeding is bleeding that occurs from the body’s blood vessels inside of the body without leaking outside of the skin. Just because the bleeding isn’t visible on the exterior doesn’t mean it isn’t deadly. The blood leaks from the blood vessels and pools in the body cavities. People can quickly die from internal bleeding. This uncontrollable internal bleeding has led to a rapid rise in the lawsuits against the company for drug product liability and possibly for wrongful death.
A Rapid Rise in Lawsuits
In 2014, the lawsuits against Xarelto filed against Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Bayer started to pile up. There were 21 cases at the beginning of the year; however, by the end of the calendar year, there were more than 400. By the end of 2015, there were close to 2,500 cases. By the end of last year, there were over 15,000 cases. The company now faces around $2.5 billion in product liability damages due to people suffering the deadly side effects of this drug.
Contact an Experienced Xarelto Injury Lawyer
My name is Ed Smith and I am a Sacramento Xarelto Injury Lawyer. Blood thinners are supposed to prevent people from developing blood clots. Anyone who has been injured by Xarelto should contact me at (916) 921-6400 for free, friendly advice. I have a toll-free number at (800) 404-5400.
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