What Is Eliquis?
Eliquis is a prescription blood thinner developed by Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pfizer. It is used primarily to reduce the risk of stroke and blood clots in people who have a heart rhythm disorder known as atrial fibrillation. Eliquis works by blocking a critical blood-clotting factor known as Factor Xa, thus decreasing the risk of blood clots and stroke.
Currently, Eliquis is approved for three uses:
- To reduce the risk of systemic embolisms (life-threatening blood clots) and strokes in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeats)
- To reduce the risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which are blood clots that form in the legs, and pulmonary embolisms (PEs) — blood clots in the lungs — following hip or knee replacement surgery
- To treat DVT and PEs and reduce the risk of reoccurrence
When The Bleeding Won't Stop
Currently, lawsuits are being filed against Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pfizer for failing to adequately warn of one very serious side effect: uncontrollable bleeding. Much like its cousin blood thinner Xarelto, Eliquis can cause uncontrollable internal bleeding for which there is no antidote. The claims in the lawsuits allege that Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pfizer knew about this deadly side effect but nonetheless marketed the drug as safer than older generation blood thinners such as warfarin. The studies backing the drug are claimed to be horribly flawed, rushed and entirely inadequate to test the drug's efficacy and safety. As a result, many have been harmed and some have even died.
We Can Help. Call Today.
If you suffered a serious bleeding injury from using Eliquis or if someone in your family suffered fatal bleeding after using Eliquis, call 713-352-7883 or 877-643-3099 toll free to speak with an attorney at Reich & Binstock in Houston for a free consultation. You can also use our online contact form. Our attorneys have over 30 years of experience, and we are here to help you.