A Washington Xarelto lawsuit may be an option for patients who have suffered complications after taking the blood thinner. Xarelto is a commonly prescribed blood thinner that treats and prevents blood clots in order to lower the risk of stroke in patients who have atrial fibrillation. Xarelto has become the focus of numerous lawsuits, with patients alleging severe side effects from taking the drug ranging from uncontrollable bleeding to death. Affected patients who have suffered uncontrollable bleeding or other complications after taking Xarelto, may be eligible for compensation with the assistance of a Washington Xarelto attorney.
For more information, contact Attorney Group for Washington. We offer free, confidential, no obligation consultations. We can help answer your questions, and if you choose to pursue a case we can connect you with an affiliated Xarelto lawsuit attorney who can assist you throughout the legal process.
What is Xarelto?
According to Xarelto’s official website, the prescription drug is an inhibitor that affects the enzymes involved in clotting. Suggested uses indicate offering the pill as treatment for deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. Instructions also claims that stroke risk can be reduced by taking Xarelto, making it a popular choice for those who have recently had surgery.
Xarelto Side Effects
The National Library of Medicine states that taking Xarelto can cause abnormal clotting, resulting in longer wait times for cuts and injuries to stop bleeding. The organization provides an extensive list of side effects that can accompany use of Xarelto, including the following:
- Leg or arm pain
- Blurred vision
- Difficulty breathing
Additionally, people may experience excessive bleeding, which can manifest itself in the form of nosebleeds, brown or pink urine, gum bleeding, stools that are bloody, or even vomiting or coughing up blood. The directions on the medication instruct users to call doctors immediately if any of these side effects occur.
Xarelto FDA Warning
In 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sent Xarelto’s manufacturers a warning letter following numerous adverse event reports of uncontrolled internal bleeding received by the agency. The manufacturers were asked to change the drug’s labeling to better reflect the risks associated with taking the medication. The letter also stated that the print ads released by the companies were misleading, since they downplayed the seriousness of the potential side effects.
Xarelto Lawsuits Filed
The Institute for Safe Medical Practices provides reports of adverse drug interactions and the number of cases involved each quarter. For the first quarter of 2012, soon after Xarelto was introduced into the market, the institute reported that, while the product’s launch had succeeded in garnering 22.5 percent of anticoagulation prescriptions, there had already been several injuries and deaths allegedly associated with its use. Numerous incidents of hemorrhage and death due to loss of blood were reported.
Additionally, while the drug is advertised as a suitable treatment for post-operative patients to prevent serious thrombus, it has been reported that the drug caused this very condition in several patients. Medical Daily reports on one Xarelto lawsuit that has been filed by the niece of a deceased patient. The lawsuit claims support from sources such as a published article entitled “Pradaxa and Xarelto: Top Heart Doctors Concerned Over New Blood Thinners.”
The article contains quotes from doctors and experts who claim that Xarelto and other blood thinning drugs can cause death and other negative side effects. The woman’s lawsuit also argued that the drug makers failed to warn consumers they were at risk of excessive bleeding that could be fatal, even if they were taking the medication for a short amount of time. She claims this led to the death of her aunt.
How a Washington Xarelto Lawsuit Can Help
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.
People injured by bad drugs may be eligible to recover money for:
- Medical Expenses
- Lost Wages
- Pain and Suffering
The families of those who have died may be eligible to recover money for funeral expenses and the pain that comes with losing a loved one.
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