The Challenge Of Anticoagulants
Anticoagulants are drugs that require blood tests and monthly monitoring to optimize dosage. Too much of the drug, and patients could develop a dangerous clot. Too little, and patients could suffer uncontrolled bleeding.
While all anticoagulants carry the risk of excessive bleeding, older drugs like warfarin have antidotes to prevent harm to the patient. Xarelto does not: Bleeding will continue until the drug is flushed out of the patient's system. By then, the patient may suffer organ failure, stroke or other devastating complications.
Could Xarelto Injuries And Deaths Have Been Avoided?
When Johnson & Johnson/Janssen Pharmaceuticals introduced Xarelto, it marketed the drug as a medication that did not require blood tests and monitoring. Many patients who were taking warfarin welcomed the convenience of not having to take blood tests. Its slogan is "With XARELTO®, you can say goodbye to warfarin's blood monitoring routine."
While the marketing campaign proved successful, helping to sell billions of dollars' worth of Xarelto, the decision not to recommend blood testing or monitoring has been seriously questioned. Soon after the drug was introduced, patients began reporting complications such as uncontrolled bleeding, internal bleeding (rectal and intestinal), brain hemorrhage and embolism.
The FDA Steps In, To Little Effect
After reviewing hundreds of reports of patient injury and death, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration acknowledged that while dispensing with monthly monitoring was convenient, patients could have benefited by blood testing at initiation and then yearly to ensure appropriate dosing of the drug.
Unfortunately, the makers of Xarelto chose not to use this information. Johnson & Johnson/Janssen Pharmaceuticals continues to market Xarelto as an anticoagulant that does not require blood testing or monitoring. In doing so, it exposes thousands of patients to the risk of severe injury and death.
Holding Drug Companies Accountable
For a drug company, there are few actions more irresponsible than to put profits ahead of patient safety. One of the reasons we have the civil justice system is to hold drug companies accountable when their reckless actions harm patients.
Has Your Life Been Affected By Xarelto? Call Today.
If you or a loved one has suffered side effects after taking Xarelto or if someone you know has died, call the attorneys at Reich & Binstock at 713-352-7883 or 877-643-3099 toll free, or write to us online. Our law office is in Houston, and our lawyers handle Xarelto side effects cases throughout Texas and the United States. We offer a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case and your rights.