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Carrollton Xarelto Lawyer

Product Liability Lawsuits being filed against Janssen Pharmaceutical (a Johnson & Johnson company) and Bayer Healthcare involves the drug Xarelto. Janssen Pharmaceutical manufacturers Xarelto; whereas, Bayer Healthcare is the co-marketer of the medication. The lawsuit states that these two companies neglected to warn physicians and patients about the increased risks of internal bleeding from the use of the drug: This internal bleeding can lead to the death of the patient.

According to the complaint, if the risks of Xarelto had been known, patients would not have been prescribed Xarelto: Patients would have been prescribed warfarin (which is the generic form of Coumadin) instead. Although warfarin can also cause internal bleeding, high levels of Vitamin K can be used to resolve this problem: There is no antidote to stop the internal bleeding with Xarelto. When injuries occur due to the use of this drug, a Carrollton Xarelto lawyer should be consulted to hold the negligent company responsible. Through the use of a dangerous drug lawyer, an individual can seek compensation for any damages sustained and ensure that the manufacturer is held responsible.

Xarelto Claims

An anticoagulant is a blood thinner. Xarelto is one of the medications in a new class of anticoagulants created to replace warfarin and Coumadin. The claim was that Xarelto offered patients fewer side effects and was easier to prescribe to patients than Coumadin and warfarin were.

Johnson & Johnson and Bayer joined together to promote Xarelto, quickly surpassing their competitors (Pradaxa and Eliquis) with more than $1 billion in sales. Xarelto is widely prescribed for use in patients who suffer from deep vein thrombosis, atrial fibrillation, pulmonary embolism and stroke; in addition, Xarelto may be prescribed to individuals who recently had surgery to replace a hip or a knee. Xarelto is considered an alternative to warfarin, which is a blood thinner that has been in use since 1954.

Individuals taking anticoagulants like Coumadin and warfarin are required to have routine blood tests to determine whether their anticoagulant medication needs to be adjusted. In addition, these individuals have to pay attention to their diet. The fact that Xarelto does not require frequent blood tests or a specialized diet makes it an appealing alternative to Coumadin and warfarin. Xarelto is a dangerous drug.

Potential Side Effects

Experts state that the newest generation of blood thinners (including Xarelto) may increase a patient’s risk of suffering from internal bleeding. Coumadin and warfarin are considered safer because an antidote is available. In the event of severe hemorrhaging, Xarelto does not have an antidote; therefore, the risk of a patient dying due to internal bleeding is higher with Xarelto than it is with Coumadin and warfarin.

Thousands of patient complications related to the use of Xarelto have been filed with the FDA; furthermore, several hundred deaths have been filed. The number of lawsuits related to hospitalization due to internal bleeding that is thought to be linked to the use of Xarelto continues to rise: These lawsuits are being filed all over the country.

Risks Associated With Xarelto

Severe internal bleeding that may lead to death is the most serious side effect, risk and complication that Xarelto can cause. Should internal bleeding result, there is no known cure to stop the bleeding. Other possible injuries include decreased hemoglobin levels, infection following a knee or hip replacement, peripheral edema, bleeding in the brain, dyspnea and a hematoma.

 

 

Xarelto is Still on the Market

If you take Xarelto, avoid activities that may result in an injury of any kind. If you do sustain an injury, be sure to contact your physician immediately.

Warning signs to look for, which may warrant contact with a Carrollton Xarelto lawyer include:

  • Bleeding
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Confusion
  • Vision changes
  • Severe headaches
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness

An individual experiencing any of these signs should be evaluated at the nearest emergency room.

Contacting a Carrollton Xarelto Lawyer

If you, or someone you care about, experienced internal bleeding while taking the drug Xarelto, contact Parian Law Firm in metro Atlanta through an online correspondence, by calling or chatting with one of our representatives. Our Carrollton Xarelto lawyers are happy to discuss and evaluate your potential case.