What Made Xarelto so Popular

Posted by on September 30, 2014 in Court, Health | 1 comment

People with medical conditions that made them susceptible to the abnormal or excessive formation of blood clots are typically prescribed with a blood thinner or anticoagulant. This is because these blood clots could travel up the blood stream and cause a stroke or some type of embolism, which can have devastating and permanent, if not immediately fatal, effects on a patient.

Back in 1950, researchers discovered that warfarin which was initially introduced into the market as a primary component in rat poison was also effective as an anticoagulant in humans. However, because warfarin had adverse interactions with certain food that contained vitamin K, its effect on the body had to be constantly monitored and the dose adjusted. This made it a chore to use although it was quite effective.

The newer anticoagulants like Xarelto (direct factor Xa (10-a) inhibitors or xabans) were much easier to use. They were taken once a day and there was no need for constant monitoring. However, they were so efficient that they thinned the blood too much and the patients began to bleed uncontrollably. Unfortunately, unlike warfarin which effects can be neutralized with a dose of Vitamin K, xabans like Xarelto had no known reversal agent, something that can be potentially disastrous.

In fact, quite a few patients have already died from serious Xarelto side effects, some have become permanently injured, all contributing to ongoing Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigations into the properties and risks associated with Xarelto. Studies indicate that among all the xabans, Xarelto (rivaroxaban) is the most difficult to reverse in cases of severe bleeding. This is the basis for the first Xarelto lawsuit which was filed in Pennsylvania state court against Janssen Ortho LLC (a division of Johnson & Johnson) which handled the distribution of the drug in the US under license from Bayer Corp., which is to be named next in the lawsuit. More are expected to be filed as attention on the dangers of using the drug increase.

If you have sustained serious injury or an immediate family member died from the effects of Xarelto, you may have a personal injury or wrongful death case against Janssen and Bayer, among others. Consult with a dangerous drug lawyer to know more about this.

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