If you have been treated with a blood thinning medication known as Xarelto, your health could be in danger. For many years, the gold standard for treating blood clotting disorders was through the use of warfarin, more commonly known as Coumadin. In recent years, however, Xarelto has been marketed as a more effective way to
prevent strokes and other complications caused by clotting, without regular tests to monitor blood plasma levels.
How blood thinners work
Xarelto belongs to a class of drugs known as anticoagulants, which are commonly referred to as blood thinners. Anticoagulants are medications that prevent blood clots by affecting coagulation factors in the blood, and are used to treat strokes, heart attacks, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), and blood clots in the lungs. Xarelto works by inhibiting a coagulation factor known as Factor Xa.
Dangerous side effects
By far the most common side effect of any blood thinner is that of severe internal bleeding. But while such bleeding can be treated in patients taking other types of blood thinners, there is no known treatment to stop bleeding in patients taking Xarelto. Symptoms indicating irreversible internal bleeding while using Xarelto include:
- Blood in the stool
- Low blood cell counts or anemia
- Easy bruising
- Pale skin color
- Abdominal swelling
Profit made at patients' expense
Though Xarelto has been in use in Europe since 2008, the FDA granted approval for its use in the United States in July 2011. By June 2012, more than 1,000 reports of side effects were reported to the FDA, including 65 deaths.
Xarelto is manufactured by Bayer and marketed in the United States by Janssen Pharmaceutica, a division of Johnson & Johnson. The drug is a money-maker for Johnson & Johnson, netting $414 million in sales in the third quarter of 2014 alone. However, numerous lawsuits filed across the country allege that the drug was not properly tested before being admitted to the US market, and that marketing materials glossed over the severity of possible side effects. These allegations are compounded by the fact that the drug has no antidote, meaning that internal bleeding that occurs during the use of Xarelto cannot be stopped.
Preserving your legal rights
If you or a loved one has suffered serious side effects from the use of the drug Xarelto, speaking with an attorney with experience in pharmaceutical product liability cases will help you to preserve your legal rights. Contact Gerling Law todayfor a free case review.