The ease of using new oral anticoagulants like Xarelto and Pradaxa have made them big sellers as they take over the market for the old standard warfarin. But, patients prescribed Xarelto and these other new oral anticoagulants need to understand that taking these drugs comes with a risk that does not exist with warfarin – there is currently no antidote to stop the bleeding.
According to the Institute of Safe Medicines Practices (ISMP), a watchdog group, anticoagulant drugs are a “high-risk treatment” and cause bleeding in approximately 15% of patients with atrial fibrillation. Many physicians are wary of the new anticoagulants, since there is limited evidence on how to manage bleeding in patients taking them since there is no known reversal of the anticoagulant effect.
The lack of a specific antidote was one factor that led to over 4,000 lawsuits being filed against Boehringer Ingelheim, the maker of Pradaxa who recently agreed to pay $650 million to settle these lawsuits. Lawyers speaking to people injured by Xarelto believe that Bayer and J&J may also find themselves defending Xarelto for similar injuries as Xarelto is now the top prescribed anticoagulant in the U.S.
If you or a loved one bled after taking Xarelto and it led to serious or fatal injuries, THL would like to discuss legal options with you.
Tor Hoerman was co-lead attorney in the Pradaxa litigation that resulted in the settlement of $650 million to individuals injured as a result of their Pradaxa use. THL is currently talking to individuals that believe Xarelto may be to blame for their serious injuries that resulted when they were unable to stop a bleed.
THL is a national drug, medical device and toxic tort law firm representing clients in 50 states. We are not afraid to take on the largest companies when they put profits ahead of safety.
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