Xarelto, What is it?
Xarelto is a brand name blood thinner, the active ingredient being a drug called rivaroxaban. This anticoagulent is an Xa inhibitor, it works to block a chemical in the blood called Thrombin. Thrombin is responsible for helping blood to clot and blocking it prevents the blood from doing so. This is the desired result for patients who are taking Xarelto because they are at risk for blood clots, such as individuals who may have recently had a knee or hip replacement surgery. However, in the case of Xarelto, taking away the blood’s ability to clot has had very serious repercussions on users health.
Xarelto’s Dangerous Side Effects
There is a risk with taking any blood thinner, but the recently discovered risks associated with Xarelto are extremely concerning. Xarelto has been linked in several studies to cause uncontrollable internal bleeding. This is very dangerous and can lead to other serious side effects. Although the Food and Drug Administration approved Xarelto in 2011, the drug currently has two Black Box warnings attached to it. These warnings are the strictest warnings that the FDA can give to a drug on the market without recalling it.
Additionally, the FDA released a report in 2013 that analyzed the adverse events related to Xarelto. Out of the 2,100 adverse events reported, 1,821 of these cases cited Xarelto as a direct cause of the event. The most commonly reported event, linked to the side effect of extreme internal bleeding, was pulmonary embolism, followed by deep vein thrombosis, gastrointestinal bleeding, and hemorrhages. Other side effects reported include cerebrovascular incidents, hematoma, dyspnea, hemoglobin deficiency, stroke, thrombosis, and edema. In most cases hospitalization was required for the individual and in far too many cases, the incident resulted in death.
Xarelto’s Effect on Georgia Residents
Approximately 11 million Xarelto prescriptions have been written for United States residents since the FDA approved it in 2011. By comaring these numbers to the population of the United States and data from Georgia’s 2010 Census, we are able to estimate the effect that Xarelto may have had on Georgia’s residents. At the time of the 2010 Census, Georgia’s state population was 9,687,653. Using our formula, we are able to estimate that there could have been up to 5,867 instances of adverse incidents caused by taking Xarelto. We are able to use the same formula to break these numbers down by city. Here are Georgia’s top five most populated cities at the time of the 2010 Census:
Most Populated Cities in Georgia
- Atlanta – 420,003
- Augusta-Richmond County – 195,844
- Columbus – 189,885
- Savannah – 136,286
- Athens-Clark County – 115,452
We’ve taken these numbers and calculated how many adverse events could have been caused by Xarelto in each of these cities:
Internal Bleeding Incidents in Georgia’s Most Populated Cities
- Atlanta – 254
- Augusta-Richmond County – 118
- Columbus – 115
- Savannah – 82
- Athens-Clarke County – 70
Xarelto Lawsuits in Georgia
If you or a loved one have taken Xarelto and consequently experienced an injury such as severe internal bleeding, our Georgia Xarelto lawyers may be able to help you seek justice and gain compensation. You deserve to be compensated for the injuries, pain, and suffering that Xarelto may have caused you and your family. Our lawyers are currently filing lawsuits in all parts of Georgia and across the United States, your case could be next.
If you think you may have a case against Xarelto but are unsure, contact our Georgia Xarelto Lawyers for a free case evaluation and consultation. We are available 24/7 to answer any questions you may have and guide you through the process. Our lawyers are experienced in handling cases against large pharmaceutical companies and over the past two years have recovered over 6 billion dollars from pharmaceutical lawsuits.
Resources for Victims of Xarelto in Georgia
If you live in Georgia and are experiencing the side effects of Xarelto, it is important that you seek medical attention immediately. If your situation is urgent, please call 911. If not, click here for a map of hospitals and medical centers in Georgia so you can find the one closest to you.
For the FDA’s official safety information and report on Xarelto, click here. There is useful information in here to inform yourself about the drug and its adverse effects.