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Several pharmaceutical manufacturers are being sued by a California man over the drug Xarelto for product liability. The suit seeks damages in excess of $50,000 plus attorney fees and costs.

The lawsuit was filed by Kenneth Niemeir on March 31 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Janssen Research & Development and several others.

The complaint alleges the defendants manufactured, marketed and distributed Xarelto as a product intended to reduce stroke risk and embolism in certain patients, but study results have raised questions about the dosage and highlighted that in the case of adverse side effects, there is no antidote to reverse the drug’s effects. Niemeir contends the defendants overstated the efficacy of the drug which misleads consumers.

Xarelto Background

Xarelto is a prescription anticoagulant (blood thinner) that treats and prevents blood clots from forming and traveling to the brain which can lead to a stroke.

Xarelto Safety Warnings

Xarelto may cause stomach bleeding. Daily use of alcohol while using this medicine will increase your risk for stomach bleeding. Limit alcoholic beverages.

Xarelto can cause bleeding. To lower the chance of getting cut, bruised, or injured, use great caution with sharp objects like safety razors and nail cutters. Use an electric razor when shaving and a soft toothbrush when brushing your teeth. Avoid activities such as contact sports. If you fall or injure yourself, especially if you hit your head, contact your doctor immediately. Your doctor may need to check you for hidden bleeding that could be serious.

An estimated one million prescriptions of Xarelto are written each quarter, a 240% increase from last year. America’s Institute for Safe Medicine Practices (ISMP) says, “Anticoagulant drugs are a high-risk treatment and cause bleeding in approximately 15% of patients with atrial fibrillation exposed for a year”.

News reports blame Xarelto for 1,400 deaths.

In three years on the U.S. market, Xarelto has been prescribed to more than 2 million patients to date.

If you are taking this drug and have experienced any adverse side effects please contact your doctor immediately and seek medical attention.

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