How Our Lawyers Can Help With Xarelto Lawsuits
If you were prescribed Xarelto as a blood thinner, you may have experienced dangerous side effects and are now living with the consequences.
The drug came under scrutiny of the FDA and the manufacturer, Bayer, has now been required by the agency to add warnings about the risk of bleeding.
How Xarelto Works
Xarelto is an anti-coagulant prescribed to prevent the formation of blood clots, to treat deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolism (PE), or may be prescribed after a person has had a hip or knee replacement with the goal of reducing the danger of blood clot formation. Some patients were prescribed this medication to treat atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat).
Our team is focused on pursuing justice for victims of Xarelto.
Xarelto Timeline and Uses
July 1st, 2011 – Approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in patients who recently underwent hip or knee replacement surgery to reduce the risk of blood clots
November 4th, 2011 – Approved by the FDA in the indication of Xarelto for patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) to reduce the risk of stroke
November 2nd, 2012 – FDA expands the use of Xarelto to treat and reduce the blood clots and for the general treatment of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE)
Xarelto Side Effects
The warnings and precautions the manufacturers were required to add were associated with the following very serious health risks of using Xarelto:
Risks for Those with Prosthetic Heart Valves: The FDA warns that the safety of Xarelto was not studied in patients that have prosthetic heart valves, and should not be prescribed to these patients.
Risk of Bleeding in Spinal Cord: The FDA warns against using Xarelto if a patient will be treated with an epidural, spinal anesthesia or analgesia, or any other treatment including a spinal cord puncture.
Risk of Thrombocytopenia: This is a risk of low blood platelet count – the element in the blood that allows it to clot. This can lead to serious health conditions.
Additional Side Effects That Can Lead to a Xarelto Lawsuit
In addition to the life threatening side effect of uncontrollable bleeding, Xarelto has also been known to cause numerous other side effects including:
- Abnormal Liver Function
- Gastrointestinal bleeding
- Pulmonary embolism
- Epidural hematoma
- Hemorrhage in the brain
- Severe allergic reactions
- Upper Abdominal Pain
- Throat Pain
Xarelto Medication Injuries
Xarelto has been linked to deaths and serious injuries, according to news reports. Reuters reports that top doctors have concerns about prescribing this new generation of blood-thinners due to the risks of uncontrolled bleeding. The injuries associated with the use of Xarelto include:
- Bleeding leading to death of patient
- Blood clots
- Uncontrolled bleeding
- Bleeding associated with spine puncture
- Internal bleeding
The consequences to the patient can be significant. Uncontrolled bleeding can mean a death that no doctor can avert. The presence of Xarelto in the blood, with no current FDA approved antidote, creates a situation that could mean permanent injuries or an unnecessary and tragic loss of life.
Your Legal Options: Xarelto Injury Lawsuits
If you were prescribed Xarelto and suffered an adverse event, such as blood loss or internal bleeding, it is important that you get legal help immediately. We can assist in filing a wrongful death claim if your loved one died due to uncontrolled bleeding after being prescribed or administered Xarelto. Call now for help with your Xarelto lawsuit.