Blood thinners are a common medication prescribed for individuals that are prone to clotting or suffer from cardiovascular medical conditions. Xarelto, a popular anticoagulant released in 2011 by drug manufacturers Bayer and Johnson & Johnson was originally intended for use after knee or hip replacement surgery. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration then approved the drug to help treat blood clots and atrial fibrillation. According to the website of the lawyers at Williams Kherkher, over 7 million people are currently prescribed Xarelto.
Previously, Warfarin was the leading blood thinner on the market. The older drug had been used for more than 50 years at the time of the release of Xarelto. Xarelto presented a simpler option for users as it did not require the constant physicians’ visits and blood work that Warfarin required. While Xarelto did not have the negative attributes of Warfarin, it also did not have some of the positive features of the older drug.
Unlike Warfarin, Xarelto does not have an antidote or reversal agent. Blood thinners, while aiding many Americans in treating their health conditions, also increases the risk of excessive bleeding. The purpose of Xarelto and other anticoagulants is to prevent blood from clotting. If a patient on a blood thinner were to fall and obtain a flesh wound, that injury would be at risk of severe blood loss. Some of these incidents are fatal.
The lack of antidote was not advertised information to the public being prescribed Xarelto. Patients experiencing bleeding events do not have many treatment options. Other blood thinners can use vitamin K or specific reversal agent injections to keep blood loss under control. Xarelto does not have these options and, furthermore, cannot be flushed from the system with dialysis. Patients must wait until the drug is removed from the blood stream naturally.
Manufacturers of faulty products should be held accountable for the pain and suffering of their clients. If you experienced adverse side effects while taking Xarelto, consult a lawyer that specializes in Xarelto cases to discuss your legal options.