CHICAGO — Xarelto lawsuits have continued to mount in recent months as more and more plaintiffs step forward with injuries that have been linked to the popular blood thinner. This begs the question: why has the anticoagulant become so popular in recent years despite the known and serious side effects, especially since there are longer-existing alternatives?
Pharmaceutical companies have long been coming under fire for providing kickbacks to doctors who promote and prescribe their drugs, but does the monetary motivation run deeper? According to an article published by JS Online, pharmaceutical giants have been making significant financial contributions to the very medical associations that are responsible for determining the best medications for doctors to prescribe. The article discusses the widespread trend of pharmaceutical companies making contributions to medical associations, but focuses in on Xarelto’s manufacturers, Bayer Pharma AG, Johnson & Johnson and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, and even states that the anticoagulant makers have contributed up to $40 million to such medical associations over the course of just three years.
The severity of Xarelto’s side effects remains disconcerting. Most notably, Xarelto has been linked to severe bleeding complications, including fatalities resulting from patients bleeding out. After its approval by the United States Food and Drug Administration, Xarelto has become popular in recent years despite it not having an FDA-approved antidote for its blood thinning effects. Fortunately, there is a proposed antidote, andexanet alfa, which has been developed by Portola Pharmaceuticals. Andexanet alfa is currently undergoing testing in order to get FDA approval, but, until it has gained approval, Xarelto patients who begin to bleed out can only wait for the drug to wear off, which can take hours and can even be deadly in some instances. While other blood thinners such as warfarin do have effective antidotes that have been approved by the FDA, doctors have stated that Xarelto has become such a popular alternative because it requires fewer doctor’s appointments. Xarelto has also been linked with other bleeding complications, including gastrointestinal bleeding and eye hemorrhaging. Due to these side effects, several similar lawsuits have been filed against Xarelto’s manufacturers, alleging that the plaintiffs suffered injuries as a result of using Xarelto and that Xarelto’s manufacturers knew – or should have known – about the blood thinner’s serious side effects.
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