NYC Xarelto Attorney
In 2015, 69-year-old Dora Mingo of Summit, Mississippi, underwent a hip replacement surgery. As a complication to the surgery, she developed deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and required a blood thinner to prevent blood clots in her legs. Her doctor prescribed her Xarelto, a blood thinner that newer to the market than warfarin. After taking the medication, however, Mingo began to hemorrhage internally from an ulcer in her stomach, which medical experts believe was caused by her blood thinner. In addition, she was diagnosed with severe anemia.
Currently, Mingo, along with an estimated 18,000 other injured patients, are seeking compensation from the manufacturer and marketers of the defective drug, Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Bayer.
If you or a loved one have had a similar experience using the blood thinner Xarelto, talk to a product liability attorney at Meirowitz & Wasserberg today.
Is Xarelto A Dangerous & Defective Drug?
Xarelto was patented in 2007 and approved by the Food & Drug Administration for marketing and sale in 2011 as a blood thinner. The drug, which is used to prevent strokes, embolisms, and deep vein thrombosis, has been used to treat 23 million people across the globe in the last ten years, many of whom are recovering from hip and knee replacements. The drug is also used to treat those with atrial fibrillation.
Xarelto is marketed as a more modern and better drug than warfarin, the blood thinner of choice in years past. Bayer claims that Xarelto is better and easier because everyone can take a single, daily dose, and because patients would not have to undergo regular monitoring, as with warfarin. However, reports quickly flooded in of Xarelto patients experiencing a range of gastrointestinal issues after taking the drug, mostly centered around stomach and intestinal bleeding.
A class action lawsuit has been filed against the drug’s manufacturer and marketer, putting forth that at least 18,000 people have been adversely affected by the side effects of Xarelto – and that the drug makers should have known about these issues and warned consumers. Defective drug lawyers have also pointed out that unlike warfarin, Xarelto does not have an antidote that can reverse the blood thinning in the case of emergency.
Information About Xarelto
Generic name: Rivaroxaban
Uses: Blood thinner (anticoagulant)
Possible side effects: Back pain, difficulty breathing, dizziness, bleeding gums, bloody stools, coughing up blood, stomach bleeding.
Year patented: 2007
FDA Approval: 2011
Manufacturer: Janssen Pharmaceuticals (Parent company: Johnson & Johnson)
What to Do If You Or a Loved One Has Been Harmed by Xarelto
It can be difficult to know if you or a family member has been harmed by Xarelto, or if you deserve compensation for your injuries. However, if you believe that Xarelto has led to bleeding or hemorrhaging, it is vital to speak to a lawyer to learn more about your case.
Dangerous drugs do not belong on our shelves, but all too often pharmaceutical companies take shortcuts, withhold information, or fail to warn patients about side effects–all in an effort to increase profits. Reporting your injuries due to defective drugs, and fighting back against Big Pharma in court are two ways to ensure that others are not harmed as you have been and that the people responsible for your injuries experience consequences.
At Meirowitz & Wasserberg, LLP, we know all too well that prescription drugs companies can put profits before people. We want to hear your story about Xarelto and help you get the compensation and justice that you deserve.