When a patient is at risk of developing blood clots that can potentially lead to a stroke, many health care professionals will recommend the use of a blood thinner to help guard against these risks. Xarelto is one widely prescribed medication designed for this purpose. Unfortunately, the use of this drug has been linked to irreversible internal bleeding that can lead to significant injuries in patients, including the possibility of death. It is important for victims to consider legal action against the makers of this dangerous drug in order to obtain the compensation that they deserve.
What Is Xarelto?
Xarelto is an anticoagulant, which is a medication that thins the blood. It is used to prevent dangerous blood clots that can obstruct blood flow to the vital organs of the body. Unlike other medications in its class, Xarelto differentiates itself because it can be taken orally and in one uniform dose. Other types of anticoagulants require health care professionals to prescribe specific doses for an individual patient. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of Xarelto for the following:
- Patients who have had knee or hip replacement surgery to reduce the risk of blood clots and the risk of a stroke occurring.
- Patients who suffer from deep vein thrombosis.
- Patients who suffer from pulmonary embolism.
Despite the significant dangers associated with using the drug, Xarelto sales have amounted to more than a billion dollars.
Why Is Xarelto So Dangerous?
While many patients and their families are familiar with the use of blood thinners for various medical purposes, few are aware of the dangers associated with the specific drug known as Xarelto. This medication has proven to be dangerous for many reasons, including the following:
- There are numerous potential adverse side effects associated with Xarelto use. Perhaps the most dangerous, however, is the risk of uncontrolled bleeding. In addition, patients taking the drug after hip or knee replacement surgery have been shown to later require intensive antibiotic therapy due to serious infections, as well as additional surgeries to remove their implants.
- There is no way to turn the drug “off” once the adverse side effects begin to occur. Unlike other anticoagulants, there is no known antidote to stop the drug’s anti-blood clotting effects. This means that hemorrhaging that occurs as a result of taking the drug will continue until the drug is completely out of the patient’s system.
- Xarelto can be administered to patients without regular monitoring of the patient’s blood. While Bayer and Johnson & Johnson promoted this feature as a benefit, the reality is that regular blood monitoring may have prevented some of the injuries and even deaths that occurred as a result of Xarelto use.
Tragically, despite the risks that have been shown to stem from Xarelto use, Bayer and Johnson & Johnson have reportedly failed to warn the public of these dangers. As a result, victims have accused the companies of misrepresenting the safety and effectiveness of the drug to consumers and the health care community. Victims allege that the companies knew the drug was dangerous, but continued to sell it anyway to unknowing patients.
What to Do If You Were Injured After Taking Xarelto
Unfortunately, despite the mounting evidence against Bayer and Johnson & Johnson regarding the dangers associated with Xarelto, and the failure of the two companies to properly handle the situation, the drug continues to be both marketed and prescribed. Its makers argue that the drug is still a safe and more convenient alternative to other anticoagulants on the market. If you or a loved one took this drug and suffered injury as a result, it is crucial to take swift action in order to protect your legal rights. We are here to help you obtain the compensation that you deserve. We encourage you to contact us today to begin the process at 855-947-0707.