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Xarelto lawsuit, Chicago personal injury lawyersWith nearly two billion dollars in sales in the United States last year, Xarelto is now considered a best seller among the category of drugs meant to replace the age-old anticoagulant, warfarin. And why not? After all, Xarelto users are not forced to follow the same diet restrictions and monitoring needed as their warfarin counterparts. Plus, patients only have to take Xarelto once daily. But, then again (as is often the case) not everything is quite as it seems.

Bayer and Johnson & Johnson, the manufacturers of Xarelto, are currently facing more than 5,000 lawsuits from patients and their families; 500 of those involve Xarelto patient deaths. Their attorneys say that the company knew their drug was dangerous, and that the company intentionally deceived doctors, patients, and even medical journals. Of course, the manufacturers continue to defend their drug, saying it is safer than its competitor, but recent documents suggest that the claims against them may actually hold some truth.

Clinical Trials Under Fire

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Xarelto side effects, drug makers, Chicago product liability attorneyDrug manufacturers have to put drugs through testing before they are approved for use by consumers. But what happens when adverse side effects start appearing in patients using the drug because information given to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was incomplete? Eventually the drug may be pulled off the shelf, but patients who used the drug become a statistic to be used for further tests. Patients should not be another defective drug product liability statistic for pharmaceutical companies.

study by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices revealed that drug manufacturers often do not file complete, basic reports about adverse side effects with the FDA. Just over 50 percent of the reports filed did not meet the basic reporting standard, which should contain age, gender, and an event date.

Throughout the years, “blockbuster drugs” have been approved by the FDA, and then later pulled off the shelves, but not before the cost of lives or life-altering side effects were paid. A blockbuster drug is one that:

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Xarelto prescription side effects, Chicago product liability lawyerHave you or a loved one been prescribed Xarelto and experienced adverse side effects, such as stroke, hemorrhaging, or even death? If so, you are not alone. Reports of undesirable side effects are on the rise.

Xarelto is often prescribed to help reduce the risk of stroke or blood clots due to Atrial Fibrillation or after a hip or knee replacement surgery. It may also be prescribed to treat Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).

Last year, the FDA sent a warning letter to Johnson & Johnson, Inc. for false and misleading representation minimizing the risks associated with taking Xarelto in WebMD magazine advertisement. Johnson & Johnson, Inc. minimized the risk of pathological bleeding, hemorrhaging, and severe hypersensitivity to patients. The company falsely led readers to believe the side effects of using Xarelto were minimal at best.

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