Xarelto Manufacturer Fails to Advise Blood Monitoring, Increasing Likelihood of Injury

Gabriel A. Assaad
Partner Gabriel Assaad represents victims of negligence and medical malpractice nationwide.
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In recent years, Xarelto has become a widely prescribed drug used to prevent stroke in patients. The drug has been heavily marketed by its manufacturers, Bayer and Johnson & Johnson, as a better alternative to the drug Coumadin. Unfortunately, many patients who have used the drug have experienced damaging side effects. The drug’s manufacturer failed to advise physicians to monitor the blood of the patients using the drug, which may have increased the chance and severity of these injuries.

Three Tips About Blood Monitoring and Xarelto Use

The following is an overview of the blood monitoring issue and the use of the drug Xarelto:

  1. Blood monitoring may be an important way to reduce the risk of severe bleeding injuries and deaths.
  2. Blood monitoring may allow doctors to identify patients who may be at a higher risk of experiencing the bleeding problems associated with Xarelto use. This conclusion is supported by the results of a study recently published in the Journal of Cardiology.
  3. Blood monitoring recommendations by the drug’s manufacturer may be especially important since there is currently no reversal agent available for the drug if bleeding issues occur. This has led to more severe injuries and even death in some patients.

Unfortunately, Bayer and Johnson & Johnson marketed Xarelto without giving blood monitoring recommendations to doctors. Why did they fail to provide this recommendation? The manufacturer may have failed to adequately research and test the drug before marketing it to the public. The manufacturer also may have simply placed their desire for profit above consumer safety. The manufacturer was attempting to compete with Coumadin, and needed to convince doctors to make the switch to the new drug despite its higher price point. One marketing technique used by the manufacturer was to highlight the drug’s easy use and fewer monitoring requirements.

If you or a loved one used Xarelto and suffered an injury as a result, you may have a claim for compensation. It is crucial to act quickly in order to protect your legal rights. Contact us today at 888-894-0119 for a free consultation.

 

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