The well known drug Xarelto is a prescription medicine used to reduce the risk of stroke and blood clots in people with atrial fibrillation, treating deep vein thrombosis and aiding in the reduction of recurrence of these conditions. Furthermore, the drug is also prescribed to reduce the risk of blood clots forming in the legs and lungs of patients who have undergone a hip or knee replacement procedure. In essence Xarelto is a blood thinner.
What Do Blood Thinners Do?
Blood thinner is the general term for an anticoagulant agent which is used to prevent blood clots from forming. Blood thinners do not literally thin the blood, they just prevent the blood from clotting. Anticoagulants are used to treat some types of heart disease such as an abnormal heart rhythm or atrial fibrillation, which if left uncontrolled could lead to stroke and heart disease. Blood thinners also remedy pulmonary embolism which is an unexpected blockage normally due to a blood clot, of a major blood vessel in the lung. If the clot is left untreated it stops blood flowing to the lung and can be very fatal.
Two main types of blood thinners exist. One type is an anticoagulant like coumadin or commonly known as Warfarin, which works on the body’s chemical reactions in order to extend the time it takes for a blood clot to form. The second type is an anti-platelet drug, like aspirin, which prevents blood cells known as platelets from clumping together to form a clot.
Why Is Xarelto A Dangerous Anticoagulant?
Xarelto was at first certified in 2011 by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as an anticoagulant drug to decrease the chances of blood clots in patients recovering from a hip or knee replacement medical procedure. The drug was also approved for use in patients with Afib, as mentioned above, in order to prevent clotting and then finally for the treatment of deep vein thrombosis or DVT.
However, despite the FDA’s initial approval of Xarelto, the FDA has now reported negative side effects of the drug like serious injuries from internal bleeding. The FDA has reasonable evidence that links Xarelto with adverse reactions such as causing low blood platelet count. If you have a low blood platelet count your platelets are unable to help your blood clot and stop a bleed. Another negative side effect associated with taking the drug that the FDA warns of is the possibility of the drug causing severe injuries in patients having an epidural or spinal puncture procedure. In such cases patients on Xarelto are urged to wait until Xarelto is no longer present in their system. The FDA also recognizes that Xarelto puts patients in danger due to its lack of a reversal agent should the blood thinning qualities of the drug need to be stopped. Unlike other blood thinners, there are known reversal agents but with Xarelto, there is none, putting those taking the drug in grave danger should the effects of the blood thinner need to be stopped therefore causing severe injuries due to internal bleeding.
Xarelto Induced Bleeding Incidents In Ohio
In 2010 the United States Census Bureau, pegged Ohio’s population at 11,536,504. A comparison of the overall Ohio population with the sum total of Xarelto dispensed scripts for the American population brought us to an approximate calculation of 397,810 individuals in Ohio possessing a script for or taking Xarelto. Further calculations revealed that approximately 6,763 people may have already experienced the negative results associated with Xarelto.
Ohio’s five most densely populated cities are as follows:
- Columbus- population 787,033
- Cleveland- population 396,815
- Cincinnati- population 296,943
- Toledo- population 28,208
- Akron- population 199,110
Possible Negative Effects/ Internal Bleeding In Ohio State Brought On By Xarelto
We used the same calculations as above, to come up with the data for the number of individuals in Ohio’s five biggest cities who may have experienced the unfavorable effects of taking Xarelto.
- Columbus- 477
- Cleveland- 240
- Cincinnati- 180
- Toledo- 174
- Akron- 121
Justice For Xarelto Side Effects
If you have taken Xarelto as recommended by your physician only to later experience sever internal bleeding, heart attack or any of the negative effects the drug can cause, you may have a right to a settlement. If a loved one took Xarelto and had grave effects, even death because of this drug, call us and we can talk to you about pursuing a lawsuit.
Our Ohio Xarelto Attorneys are here to help you navigate this process.
Finding Ohio Support for Those Affected by Xarelto
The devastating loss of a loved one over Xarelto related problems is very tough. It is not something you should go through alone. We have compiled a directory of grief therapists in Ohio who can help you through this time of loss. Please click here for the list.
If you prefer to visit support groups, go here for bereavement support groups in Ohio.