Xarelto and its Dangers
Lately, there have been cases brought by patients who claim to have been injured while taking Xarelto. Janssen Pharmaceuticals manufactures Xarelto. Janssen is a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. It is advertised as the most current and effective blood thinner. This medicine is still on the market, as of October, 2014.
Although medications can be beneficial, they can also cause unwanted side effects. Xarelto is like many drugs in this respect. Like other anticoagulants, it comes with risks. If your family is injured because of Xarelto, call Xarelto lawyers now.
In 2011, the Food and Drug Administration approved Xarelto. It approved it to reduce the risk of stroke in patients with DVT, pulmonary embolism and atrial fibrillation. The FDA also approved Xarelto to lower the risk of blood clots after surgery on the knee or hip. It is marketed as an easier alternative to the more popular blood thinner Coumadin. Xarelto is taken by mouth and in a standard dose. According to the manufacturer, it requires no blood monitoring. Xarelto is still on the market as of October 2014. Controversy remains, however, and Xarelto lawyers can help, if you are suffering because of it.
Suffering Caused by Xarelto
Xarelto allegedly causes uncontrolled bleeding. This includes bleeding in the brain, rectum, and intestines. Should bleeding happen near a major organ, it interrupts ordinary blood flow to an organ. All or some of organ function can be lost because of excessive blood. The bleeding cannot be curtailed until the drug leaves your system. There is no antidote for the bleeding that Xarelto might cause. Warfarin has an antidote.
Allegedly, particular patients have a greater risk of uncontrolled bleeding. Xarelto proudly claims that, unlike warfarin, blood tests are not required at any stage of use. Xarelto manufacturers claim also, unlike warfarin, that the dosage requirement is the same for everyone. For Xarelto patients, no tests are done to see if they fall into a high-risk category. Patients claiming to be injured because of increased risks and bleeding have filed lawsuits against the makers of Xarelto.
Xarelto: A Blood Thinner that Increases Blood Clots
Sources claim that taking Xarelto may increase the risk of blood clots. This is ironic considering it is a medication prescribed to do the complete opposite. According to the FDA, stopping Xarelto prematurely increases the risk that blood clots will form. Patients must go off Xarelto slowly and carefully. Otherwise, they face danger.
Xarelto Side Effects: Drug Interactions
Xarelto comes with a long list of dangerous drug interactions that can cause increased bleeding. In recent studies, users showed the following side effects:
- Frequent bloody nose
- Pain in and around the head
- Fast heartbeat
- Decreased blood pressure
- Easily bruised
- Bleeding from the rectum
- Alimentary bleeding
- Throwing up
- Achy muscles
If you take Xarelto, stay away from any activity that could cause injury. Report all injuries to your doctor right away. Make sure to notify your dentists and doctors that you are taking Xarelto. Especially if you are anticipating surgery or dental procedures, tell your doctor you take this prescription. Also tell them if you take other medications.
Also let you your doctor know if you may be pregnant before taking Xarelto. There are several dangers and negative effects that may occur while taking this anticoagulant. Your attorneys can assist you with a claim while you heal from your injuries.
The Food and Drug Administration Reaction to Negative Xarelto Reports
MedWatch reports are carefully reviewed by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP). ISMP calls blood thinners like Xarelto a high-risk treatment that causes bleeding.
The Food and Drug Administration received hundreds of adverse event reports from Xarelto users in 2012. The ISMP said the high number of reports was partly because so many doctors prescribed it. They also, however, stressed that they remained extremely worried about the safety of anticoagulants. The ISMP warned that all of the adverse event reports pointed to safety problems with Xarelto. The ISMP also said that doctors and patients should be warned and that Xarelto should be further studied.
Xarelto- More Warnings Issued
More warnings were added to the safety label on Xarelto indicating that stopping it can increase the risk of blood clots. The label also says that patients with fake heart valves should not take Xarelto.
In 2014, another warning was added to the label. This one warned of an increased risk of pulmonary embolism in certain patients. The Food and Drug Administration demanded that the manufacturer add still more warnings. The FDA instructed them to include that the risk of bleeding was greater in patients with kidney problems. Lawyers have filed claims that question whether or not the warnings were or are now adequate.
The Food and Drug Administration has more than once denied the manufacturer’s request to expand the use of Xarelto.
Xarelto Lawsuits Filed in Court
If you are suffering from an injury, your Xarelto lawyer can help. To succeed in a drug case, lawyers need to show that the manufacturer was negligent, that the negligence caused the injury and that there are damages. Negligence means that the drug company did not use proper care and that failure to use proper care contributed to your injury. Your lawyer must then show how you were injured by the negligence. If you are personally injured, you may have lost wages, medical bills, emotional and physical pain. If you have a wrongful death claim, you may be entitled to medical expenses and funeral expenses. You may also be awarded money for loss of future earnings and emotional pain and suffering.
Cases Filed Against Bayer, Johnson& Johnson
Allegations of negligence have been made against Bayer and Johnson & Johnson about to Xarelto.
- The company is accused of failing to warn the public of the true dangers of Xarelto including the possibility of irreversible bleeding.
- Was the safety of Xarelto misrepresented?
- Was the public or the medical community mislead about the effectiveness of Xarelto?
- Did the manufacturer know Xarelto was dangerous? Did they continue to sell and advertise it regardless of this knowledge?
- Was Xarelto properly tested before approval?
Patients have filed lawsuits claiming to be injured because of Xarelto. In these cases, patients seek money damages for bills and suffering caused by uncontrolled bleeding. In cases where a loved one died because of an irreversible bleed, family members are looking for wrongful death damages.
In a particular wrongful death case, two children claim that their father died because of Xarelto and the bleed it caused. They seek damages for pain and suffering, and emotional distress. The suit alleges that the manufacturer failed to properly test Xarelto and failed to provide proper warnings of its risks.
Another lawsuit alleges that the manufacturers did not warn specifically about the lack of an antidote for bleeding caused by Xarelto. Plaintiffs criticize the defendants for simply indicating the risk of bleeding without ever addressing the lack of antidote. There are other blood thinners that do have an antidote.
Still another lawsuit involves a woman seeking compensation for medical expenses and permanent harm resulting from significant bleeding caused by Xarelto. BoehringerIngelheim, a manufacturer of Pradaxa, was accused of the same failures. Pradaxa is, like Xarelto, one of the newer anticoagulants on the market. The manufacturer of Pradaxa recently dispersed $650 million to settle lawsuits filed against it because of complications from the drug. Pradaxa and Xarelto are very much alike. The side effects are also similar. Experienced lawyers can help you figure out if you are entitled to compensation for injuries caused by Xarelto.