Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2011, Xarelto is an anticoagulant that was created by Bayer Pharmaceuticals and Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals for use by patients who had hip or knee replacement surgery.
Xarelto has been marketed as being safer and more effective than the traditional anticoagulants like Warfarin. However, according to Medwatch Reports filed with the FDA, there have been more than 2,000 reports of Xarelto-related injuries or deaths in the United States.
If you or a loved one have suffered serious injuries while using Xarelto, or if you have lost a loved one due to internal bleeding associated with taking Xarelto, you may be able to claim compensation for your damages. The Fitch Law Firm of Columbus, Ohio, is actively investigating cases involving Xarelto. Call 855-LAW-OHIO today for a free consultation.
What is Xarelto?
Xarelto is an anticoagulant, also known as a blood thinner, used to prevent dangerous blood clots that can obstruct a patient’s main arteries. Blood thinners also reduce the risk of heart attack, atrial fibrillation or stroke.
Xarelto is part of a new generation of anticoagulants that are marketed as alternatives to Warfarin. Warfarin has been used since the 1950s, but it requires frequent adjustments to dosages and requires strict dietary restrictions. Xarelto is an easy-to-use pill that is taken once or twice a day.
Common side effects of Xarelto have included:
- Internal bleeding
- Blood clots
- Death due to internal bleeding
The manufacturers of Xarelto are facing several lawsuits claiming that the drug is dangerous and defective. According to these claims, although internal bleeding is a common side effect with traditional anticoagulants, there is no way to reverse these effects with Xarelto. In the event of a serious accident or emergency surgery, medical professionals may struggle to stop the bleeding if a patient is taking Xarelto.
Other side effects listed in the lawsuits include strokes, pneumonic embolisms, deep vein thrombosis and heart attacks.
The suits also allege:
- The makers of Xarelto marketed the drug as superior in spite of studies finding higher rates of GI tract bleeding
- The manufacturers continue to market Xarelto as a safe option
- Medical professionals were not made aware of how to treat a Xarelto user in the event of a bleeding complication
Let the Fitch Law Firm help with your Xarelto case
The adverse side effects of Xarelto can leave patients with long-term hospitalization, expensive medical bills and lost work. Victims may be able to recover compensation for these damages and losses.
If you or a loved one have suffered bleeding or other serious issues while taking Xarelto, you need an experienced lawyer fighting for your rights. Drug companies have large teams of experienced lawyers protecting them. That’s why you need to contact the Fitch Law Firm today.
We know that no amount of compensation can make up for your losses, but we will help you pursue all legal options and help you get the results you need.
Call 855-LAW-OHIO today or fill out our online consultation form. Don’t wait another day to start the process of getting you the compensation you deserve.