West Palm Beach Xarelto Lawyers
Big Pharm has something of a mixed reputation these days. Pharmaceutical companies develop and distribute vital medication that helps us live longer, healthier lives. Without these essential medications, many patients would not survive at all. However, it’s not all golden. Like any other product, there can be problems and defects with medications. Such is the case with Xarelto – a drug designed to thin the blood and prevent specific problems associated with blood clotting. In fact, hundreds of Xarelto lawsuits have already been filed on behalf of patients harmed or even killed by taking this anticoagulant. What should you know?
Xarelto is an anticoagulant. It’s in the same product class as better-known, longer established drugs like warfarin and Coumadin. Developed jointly by Bayer and Johnson and Johnson, the drug was marketed as a better alternative to existing blood thinners on the market. It was approved in 2011 by the FDA, and is designed to treat a range of dangerous health conditions, including:
- Blood clots
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Pulmonary embolism
- Systemic embolism
Just a single year after the drug was approved, over 350 injuries were reported to the FDA, ranging from serious to disabling and even fatal. Despite pending Xarelto lawsuits, the drug remains on the market currently, and the manufacturers continue to market it as a safer, more effective alternative to other blood thinners.
What’s Happening with Xeralto?
There are lots of problems with Xarelto. One of the most frightening is the fact that unlike warfarin and Coumadin, which can be counteracted by administering vitamin K, there is no antidote to Xarelto. This means that during an emergency, patients could simply bleed out because their blood will not clot. To repeat this: there is NO antidote to Xarelto. Patients taking the medication are also at a significantly higher risk of developing intestinal bleeding and cerebral hemorrhaging.
Another fact brought up in Xarelto lawsuits is that many patients have suffered pulmonary embolism while taking the drug, one of the conditions it was intended to prevent in the first place. Most of these cases were with patients taking the anticoagulant on a short-term basis, rather than as part of an ongoing regimen.
Components of Xarelto Lawsuits
There are several main components of the lawsuits filed against the manufacturers of Xarelto. These include:
- Despite mounting evidence that the drug is in fact harmful and can be fatal, the makers continue to market it as being a superior option to existing products.
- The makers of Xarelto are pursuing profits, rather than providing safe, effective medication and working to minimize serious, life-threatening injuries.
- The makers never informed doctors of how to intervene in the case of an emergency situation (because there is no antidote available).
- The company did not warn patients about the serious, life-threatening side effects of taking Xarelto, including dangerous bleeding.
- The makers marketed Xarelto as a superior option to other anticoagulants, despite knowing that the drug caused higher rates of gastrointestinal bleeding and the need for transfusions in patients.
It’s a frightening situation, and one that won’t be resolved in the near future. Currently, each of the hundreds of Xarelto lawsuits is being handled separately, and no class action lawsuit has been filed, although that may change.
Have You Been Injured by Xeralto?
If you or a loved one has taken Xarelto and suffered adverse side effects, you may be entitled to recovering medical costs, lost wages and more. At the law offices of Casey D. Shomo, we have successfully represented clients against pharmaceutical companies. Contact us today for an evaluation of your case and to determine if a lawsuit is the right option for you.