Patients and doctors alike rely on drug manufacturers to ensure that their products are safe for use. Xarelto, an anticoagulant drug, has been linked to serious complications after use by patients. The manufacturers of Xarelto, Bayer Healthcare and Johnson & Johnson, have been accused of failing to adequately warn of the potential dangerous side effects, including severe internal bleeding, that may result from the drug’s use. The Albuquerque Xarelto attorneys at the Dominguez Law Firm help patients and their families pursue legal action against manufacturers that put their health at additional risk by failing to provide safe medications. If you or a loved one has suffered a severe side effect after taking Xarelto, you may have a claim for compensation. Contact our product liability attorneys today to find out more about your legal options.Complications Associated With Xarelto Use
All prescription drugs have some side effects, and Xarelto is no exception. After being approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) in 2011, some common, recognized side effects associated with Xarelto include back pain, dizziness, swollen or bleeding gums, headaches, blood while urinating, and others. However, in the time since its approval, the FDA has received over 2,000 reports regarding more severe complications from the drug’s use. These serious side effects include uncontrollable, sometimes fatal bleeding, as well as hematomas, pulmonary embolisms, and cerebrovascular problems. Of these reported incidents, there have been 151 deaths associated with Xarelto use. Lawsuits have arisen claiming that the manufacturers knew of these risks but failed to warn patients or work to make the drug safer for consumption.Holding Xarelto Manufacturers Liable
In New Mexico, product manufacturers may be held strictly liable for injuries associated with the use of their goods. This means that manufacturers may be held responsible for any harm that results from a product’s intended use, if the product poses an unreasonable risk of injury. Although most blood-thinning medications pose a risk of side effects, including bleeding, Xarelto is alleged to pose a much higher risk than certain alternatives. Claims against manufacturers associated with the use of the drug allege that the drug makers failed to disclose these risks, and in efforts driven solely by profit, they deceived the public regarding Xarelto’s benefits.
All drug manufacturers have a duty to test their medications before they are approved by the FDA. These companies also have a duty to continually research adverse effects of their drugs when negative reports are submitted to ensure their continued safety. Some evidence suggests that Xarelto manufacturers may have failed to conduct the proper trials and research before marketing their drug to patients, and they also may have actively concealed knowledge of its association with uncontrollable bleeding.
Victims in New Mexico have three years from the date of their injury within which to file a product liability claim. While it may seem like a long period of time, carefully collecting evidence and performing extensive research is often necessary and may take time.Contact a Xarelto Attorney in Albuquerque
If you have suffered from excessive bleeding or another serious side effect associated with Xarelto use, or if you have lost a loved one, the Albuquerque Xarelto lawyers at the Dominguez Law Firm can assist you with asserting your rights to the fullest extent. Our firm is dedicated to getting to know clients and advocating for their best interests throughout the entirety of their case, from investigation through settlement or litigation if necessary. Call today at (505) 850-5854 or contact us online for a free initial consultation with a defective drug attorney in New Mexico.