Johnson & Johnson’s drug newest blood thinner Xarelto is being embraced by doctors and surgeons as the easier and friendlier go-to anticoagulant drug. In the third quarter, Xarelto’s sales jumped to $414 million and the total sales to $1.09 billion. Xarelto’s popularity comes at a steep price, however, as more and more harmful side effects come to light.

Xarelto was approved by the FDA in 2011. As an anticoagulant, its job is to reduce a patient’s risk of deep vein thrombosis (blood clots) or strokes. Xarelto is popular amongst doctors because it is considered easier to dose and prescribe. However, there is no cure/antidote or ability to reverse the blood thinning effects of Xarelto. If treatment is not carefully managed or the patient is not monitored closely, they can suffer from life-threatening bleeding after even the most harmful of injuries.

The 2014 JAMA study found that treatment with Xarelto’s key ingredient, Rivaroxaban, can result in severe drug-induced liver injury. The symptomatic liver damage was so severe that JAMA Internal Medicine recommended a rapid discontinuation of treatment with Xarelto and any re-exposure to the drug. The report focused on two patient case studies. One of the patients suffered from acute liver failure within 2 months of beginning Xarelto treatment. Both patients recovered 14 days after they stopped receiving Xarelto treatment and so the authors of the study speculate that Xarelto’s main ingredient, Rivaroxaban, was the main cause of the liver injury. While 90% of individuals will recover from acute failure, if it is not caught in a timely fashion, death or chronic issues are a possibility.

Xarelto Lawsuits

Xarelto is popular amongst doctors because it is viewed as more convenient for patients and providers in postoperative treatment to prevent dangerous blood clots. Unlike its anticoagulant competitors, it requires only one dose per day, no blood monitoring, and no dietary changes. However, as thefirst lawsuits were filed this past year, and the recent health studies illustrate, Xarelto puts patients at risk of the very dangerous it is meant to prevent (blood clots) in addition to other adverse health effects such as uncontrollable internal bleeding, liver failure, and death.

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