Xarelto Attorneys at Bernstein Liebhard LLP Comment on Survey Detailing Cardiologists Attitude Towards New-Generation Blood Thinners
New York, New York (PRWEB) February 19, 2015
The Xarelto attorneys (http://www.xareltolawsuit2015.com/) at Bernstein Liebhard LLP note that a survey conducted this month by the Cardiovascular Institute of Philadelphia produced interesting results regarding the attitude of cardiologists towards new-generation blood thinners. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, while the physicians were generally pleased that alternatives to warfarin are now available, they expressed concern that there is currently no approved antidote to reverse unwanted internal bleeding that sometimes occurs with Xarelto and other anticoagulants. Warfarin bleeding, by contrast, can be stopped via an injection of vitamin K.*
“The results of this survey are notable, as hundreds of people are currently pursuing Xarelto lawsuits in U.S. courts that seek compensation for internal bleeding and other complications allegedly related to its use. These claims also raise questions about the lack of a reversal agent for Xarelto bleeding. This issue is certainly one that should be discussed with patients before the drug is prescribed,” said Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing victims of defective drugs and medical devices. The Firm is currently representing a number of clients who have filed Xarelto lawsuits, and continues to offer free, no-obligation legal reviews to individuals who allegedly suffered serious injuries from the blood thinner, including uncontrollable bleeding, strokes, deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism.
Xarelto is a new -generation blood thinner that was first approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration in 2011. The medication is currently indicated to prevent strokes in people with atrial fibrillation; as a treatment for deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism; and to prevent deep vein thrombosis in patients undergoing hip or knee replacement surgery.** During its first full year on the market, Xarelto was named in 2,081 adverse event reports submitted to the FDA, including at least 151 deaths. Warfarin, which has been in use since the 1950s, was named in only 861 adverse event reports, including 56 fatalities.***
Court documents indicate that more than 200 Xarelto lawsuits are currently pending in a federal multidistrict litigation now underway in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, all of which put forth similar allegations regarding the drug’s association with uncontrollable bleeding, hemorrhagic stroke, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, and other life-threatening complications. Among other things, plaintiffs assert that the manufacturers of Xarelto wrongly marketed the drug as superior to warfarin, given the lack of an approved antidote to stop internal bleeding. In Re: Xarelto Products Liability Litigation, No. 2592)
Xarelto patients who allegedly experienced life-threatening episodes of internal bleeding and other complications related to its use may be entitled to take legal action against the drug’s manufacturers. Learn more about filing a Xarelto lawsuit by visiting Bernstein Liebhard LLP’s website, or by calling 800-511-5092 to schedule a free, no obligation case review.
*philly.com/philly/health/hearthealth/20150215_Cardiologists__concerns__Abnormal_heart_rhythm__blood_thinners__and_statins.html, Philadelphia Inquirer, February 15, 2015
**fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/DrugSafety/UCM280333.pdf, FDA, March 2014
***http://www.ismp.org/QuarterWatch/pdfs/2012Q4.pdf, ISMP, October 2013
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