Canadian Government Studying the Dangerous Side Effects of Xarelto

Prescription Bottle - XareltoWe have previously talked about the potential dangers of Xarelto. Xarelto is a blood thinner that was introduced to prevent blood clots from forming in patients with fibrillation and to reduce the chance of blood clots forming in patients who have just undergone various types of surgeries. Xarelto was supposed to be an improved version of older types of blood thinners, such as Coumadin.

Unfortunately, as we have mentioned in previous blog posts, dangerous side effects have now been linked with Xarelto.  In 2013, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recognized that the label on Xarelto was misleading for not properly warning consumers about the risks of this medication.  One of the primary risks at that time was that Xarelto could lead to excessive blood loss and/or hemorrhaging.  The problem is that once you take Xarelto, the blood-thinning effects cannot be stopped or reversed – unlike other blood thinning medications that have .  As a result, healthcare professionals have found it difficult to control and stop the excessive amounts of blood loss experienced by a growing number of Xarelto users.

Now, the Canadian government has begun its own safety inquiry into Xarelto.  In Canada, however, the inquiry is into liver-related adverse effects.  According to the Canadian government, there were 61 reports of liver-related incidents in patients that had taken or were taking Xarelto.  World Health Organization’s database shows that approximately 431 cases of liver intrigue; however, in their studies, Xarelto is confirmed to be the ONLY medication being taken in just 23 of the cases.  Therefore, they cannot say for sure that there is any relationship between Xarelto and liver injuries.

Meanwhile, in the United States, the lawsuits against Xarelto continue. In 2015, the courts in Philadelphia consolidated almost 400 separate Xarelto cases. The federal courts have created a multidistrict litigation (MDL) in an eastern district of Louisiana regarding these claims and lawsuits.

If you, or someone you know, have suffered an adverse injury as a result of taking Xarelto or any other prescription or over-the-counter medication, call the personal injury attorneys of Roberts and Roberts.  For more than 30 years, the product liability lawyers at Roberts and Roberts have fought to protect consumers from unsafe products, medical devices, and medications.  The call costs you nothing… it could mean everything.

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