If you've turned on your television lately, you may recall seeing a commercial featuring four (4) prominent American celebrities: NBA star Chris Bosh, actor Kevin Nealon, Nascar racer Brian Vickers and golf legend Arnold Palmer. The commercial takes place on a golf course, as the superstars discuss how their blood clotting disorders impacted their careers and prevented them from engaging in certain activities – until they started taking Xarelto.
Xarelto is blood-thinning medication used to prevent blood clotting in adults. The drug was approved for use in 2011 by the national Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In the United States, Xarelto is manufactured by major healthcare company Johnson & Johnson. In 2013 alone, the sale of Xarelto grossed over $2 billion in sales. In fact, over a third (1/3) of individuals being treated for blood clotting disorders worldwide are taking Xarelto today.
So why do you care? Because despite its popularity, Xarelto may not be as safe as you think. In addition to the fact that the manufacturing labels for Xarelto do not include all of the possible side effects of the drug, there is no “antidote” for the medication. This is a major issue, because if the drug causes your blood to become too thin putting you at risk of bleeding-out, there is no medication or formula that you can take to thicken your blood and reverse the effects of Xarelto. To make matters worse, there is no home testing kit patients who take Xarelto can use to determine if their blood is becoming too thin – so patients will have no warning as to whether they are at risk of suffering major complications, injury and even death caused by the use of Xarelto.
The negative side effects and injuries associated with taking Xarelto can be extremely serious and life threatening.
Some of the symptoms to look for when taking Xarelto are: frequent weakness, dizziness, coughing or vomiting-up blood, chronic nosebleeds, random and unexplained bruising, and internal damages like stomach bleeding and cerebral hemorrhage (bleeding in the brain).
If you are taking Xarelto and experience any of these conditions, you must seek medical attention immediately! It could be the difference between life and death.
With such dangerous and known side effects, you may be wondering why Johnson & Johnson does not develop an antidote for the drug.
The answer is: Money!!!
Even though Johnson & Johnson boasted of making over $16 billion in profits last year alone, the company would rather pocket this cash than expend money to research and develop an antidote to Xarelto – which would undoubtedly save lives. The bottom line is – it's all about their bottom line.
If you or a loved one are currently taking Xarelto, you may want to check with your doctor and make sure you are not at risk for major complications from the drug.
If you have suffered significant side effects or injury caused by taking Xarelto, or a loved one has died from taking the medication, you should consult with a knowledgeable personal injury attorney – like those at the Law Office of Jeremy Rosenthal. Our skilled lawyers have years of experience representing victims injured by dangerous products, and we are here to fight for your rights. We are not scared of taking-on billion dollar corporations to get you the compensation you need and deserve to recover from your injuries or loss.
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