A 2015 study suggests that the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding associated with various blood thinners, including Xarelto, may be significantly higher for elderly patients. Xarelto, approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2011, is a commonly used blood thinner that treats and prevents blood clots and also lowers the risk of stroke in patients who have atrial fibrillation. Affected families are pursuing claims for compensation against the manufacturers of the blood thinner with the assistance of Illinois Xarelto attorneys.
If you or a loved one took Xarelto and suffered complications, contact Attorney Group for Illinois today to learn more about your options. We can answer your questions in a free, confidential, no-obligation consultation, and if you wish to pursue a claim, we can connect you with an affiliated Xarelto lawsuit attorney.
Patients Over 75 At Higher Risk Of Internal Bleeding When Taking Xarelto
The blood thinning medication Xarelto may be more likely to cause gastrointestinal bleeding in older adults than the conventional anticoagulant Warfarin, according to new research. The study in the British Medical Journal, which was published in March 2015, sought to determine whether Xarelto and other new anticoagulants were associated with more bleeding events than Warfarin. To make this comparison, the researchers assessed data from over 16,000 patients who took Xarelto and more than 67,000 patients who used Warfarin.
The researchers found that the risk of adverse events was generally comparable for patients taking Xarelto and patients using Warfarin. This is significant because Warfarin-related bleeding events can be stopped, unlike bleeding events that involve Xarelto. The study also found that the risk of Xarelto-related bleeding events increased with age. Patients over the age of 75 were significantly more likely to experience gastrointestinal bleeding when taking Xarelto than when taking Warfarin. The authors of the study caution that doctors need to exercise great care when prescribing Xarelto to elderly adults.
Injured Patients May Be Entitled to Compensation
Drug manufacturers have a duty to ensure their products are accompanied by full and accurate instructions and warnings to guide prescribing doctors and other health care providers in making treatment decisions. If a drug maker fails to fulfill this duty, it could be held liable in lawsuits for injuries that may result.
Patients who have been injured by Xarelto may be entitled to compensation for damages, including:
- Medical expenses
- Pain, suffering, and mental anguish
- Loss of income or ability to work
If a patient dies from complications after taking Xarelto, his or her family members may be able to pursue claims for their loved one’s wrongful death. Compensation may include:
- Pain, suffering, and mental anguish from the loss of a loved one
- Loss of financial support of a loved one
- Funeral expenses
Affected patients are encouraged to speak with a Xarelto lawsuit attorney to learn more about their rights and remedies.
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If you or a loved one took Xarelto and suffered complications, including internal bleeding, contact Attorney Group for Illinois for more information. You can fill out the form on this page, call us at the number listed at the top of the page, or email us at [email protected].
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