If you or someone you love took Xarelto or another blood-thinning drug and suffered serious or life-threatening consequences, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit. An experienced Xarelto lawsuit attorney in Denver can help with your case.
Who is liable when a dangerous drug like Xarelto results in preventable injuries to patients? According to an article in Business Insider, more than 5,000 lawsuits currently are pending against Johnson & Johnson and Bayer, the developers of the drug. And of those claims, around 500 involve a patient’s death. For patients and family members of those fatally injured by this medication, their lawsuits allege that the drugmakers may have known that there were serious questions surrounding the safety of Xarelto. At Zaner Harden Law, we are committed to assisting Denver residents who have sustained injuries from dangerous drugs and the companies that manufacture them.
Xarelto, which goes by the generic name rivaroxaban, is a medication used most frequently to prevent blood clots, according to a fact sheet from WebMD. It is often prescribed for patients who suffer from atrial fibrillation, as well as to patients following hip or knee replacement surgeries after which blood clots can be more likely to form. Xarelto is also used in certain situations to treat blood clots, from deep vein thrombosis (DVT) to pulmonary embolus (PE). It is a medication that can be prescribed either to treat blood clots or as a preventive drug to help patients avoid blood clots in the first place.
How does it work? The WebMD fact sheet explains that Xarelto is an anticoagulant medication that “works by blocking certain clotting proteins in your blood.”
As WebMD explains, Xarelto can result in less severe side effects, including easy bruising and minor bleeding (for instance, a temporary nose bleed). However, there are also more serious side effects from Xarelto, primarily including serious bleeding. The WebMD fact sheet cites the following as signs and symptoms of serious bleeding that can have debilitating and fatal consequences:
Drugmakers have a duty to alert consumers to the serious risks of using a medication. In a safety communication, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) explained the serious and sometimes fatal risks of uncontrollable bleeding when using Xarelto. For many patients, this drug is not safe for use. If you lost a loved one as a result of injuries caused by this harmful prescription medication, you may be able to file a Xarelto lawsuit and should discuss your case with an experienced advocate.
When drug manufacturers do not properly warn patients about the uncontrolled bleeding risks of a medication, they should be held liable for injuries that happen. If you or someone you love took Xarelto and suffered serious complications, a dedicated Denver Xarelto injury lawyer can discuss your options with you today. Contact Zaner Harden Law to learn more about our services.