In 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officially approved the manufacture and distribution of Xarelto, which was designed to help those with a heart rhythm disorder known as atrial fibrillation and to reduce and treat the risk of pulmonary embolisms and deep vein thrombosis. Thousands of people have since used the drug, which proved popular amongst consumers who were not required to undergo blood testing and only had to take the pill once per day. Unfortunately, since Xarelto’s introduction, many patients have suffered from irreversible internal bleeding, which in some cases, has proven deadly. Furthermore, unlike other similar drugs, Xarelto does not have a bleeding antidote, making ingestion of the drug even more dangerous. If you suffered a bleeding-related injury after being prescribed Xarelto, it is critical to speak with an experienced Xarelto lawyer who can help you seek compensation for your losses.
Designed primarily as a blood thinner aimed at combatting the creation of blood clots in patients who underwent total hip and knee replacement surgeries, Xarelto has since been prescribed to help reduce the chances of stroke in those diagnosed with irregular heartbeat. The drug has also proven effective in preventing the development of blood clots in the lungs.
Unfortunately, although the drug was found to be successful in preventing strokes, it does come with a series of risks, most of which doctors and patients were not warned about when the drug was released. For instance, many patients who take Xarelto actually face an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, pulmonary embolism, and deep vein thrombosis. Additionally, patients could suffer from other bleeding-related injuries, the most common of which are gastrointestinal bleeding and hemorrhaging, which in severe cases can prove deadly. Patients who are undergoing surgery or are involved in serious accidents are especially at risk of suffering from these types of side effects.
Product Liability Lawsuits
Since the drug’s creation, Bayer, as well as Johnson & Johnson have come under fire for their failure to properly test their drugs or to provide their results to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Furthermore, after an investigation was conducted by the FDA, it was discovered that the manufacturers may have also used defective equipment when performing human trials. This failure to conduct adequate safety tests or warn consumers of potential risks is a violation of federal law, so patients who are injured as a result of ingesting defective drugs may be able to collect compensation for past and future medical expenses related to treating their injuries, lost wages, emotional distress, and pain and suffering. To learn more about whether you qualify for compensation, please contact our legal team today.
Call a Dedicated Xarelto Lawyer Today
If you were prescribed Xarelto and subsequently suffered from a bleeding disorder, stroke, or blood clot, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Please call Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC at (866) 862-4855 to speak with an experienced dangerous drug lawyer who can explain your legal options.