At Butwinick Injury Law, we often represent individuals who have been hurt by unsafe prescription medication. One drug which is currently facing increased scrutiny is Xarelto, a blood thinner commonly administered to patients after a knee or hip replacement. Interestingly, the drug is currently being challenged for multiple potential safety issues.
Potentially Causes Liver Injury
Recently, the Canadian government has ordered an investigation of Xarelto to determine if they can establish a clear link between liver injury and Xarelto use. Although data from the World Health Organization has shown more than 430 cases of liver injury, only 23 of those patients exclusively used Xarelto. Therefore, a clear connection has yet to be established.
No Antidote for Xarelto
Here in the United States, a number of lawsuits are underway which address the potentially misleading marketing of the drug. One ongoing case claims that doctors did not receive thorough warnings of the risks of Xarelto, and that the studies used to market the drug were inaccurate and misleading.
The biggest issue is the lack of antidote for Xarelto. Since it is a blood thinner and anticoagulant, it will inherently increase your risk for an internal bleeding issue. Unlike competitive drugs, including Warfarin, Xarelto does not have an antidote. That means that if internal bleeding occurs, doctors have little recourse to thicken the blood and allow it to clot properly.
Have You Been Hurt By a Dangerous Drug?
While a number of lawsuits and investigations are underway regarding Xarelto, this is far from the only drug with dangerous side effects. If you or someone you love has been injured, hurt, or suffered wrongful death as a result of a dangerous prescription medication, call our firm today. At Butwinick Injury Law, our Minneapolis personal injury attorneys are committed to helping our clients get fair compensation. When you retain our firm, we will work tirelessly to secure the best results in your case.
Call (888) 870-2106 today for your free initial consultation.