Xarelto Target Population is more at Risk

Sep 4, 2014 by

More than 5 million Americans have been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation (A-fib) with a projected doubling to 10 million by 2050. However, this does not include people who are not aware that they have A-fib. Many A-fib positives experience no symptoms at all, and only find out in the course of a physical examination. It is a chilling thought, because it is akin to having a ticking time-bomb in the heart, just waiting to get out and wreak havoc, and not even knowing about it.

A-fib is a medical condition where the two upper chambers of the heart, called the atria, beats out of sync with the two lower chambers, called the ventricles. Because the pumping is not coordinated, blood flow is poor and blood pools in the heart chambers. The pooled blood can lead to clot formation, and this clot can be expelled from the heart and lodge in the blood stream, blocking off blood flow to the brain or the lungs, for example.

A-fib typically develops with age, although there are instances where children are born with the condition. In general, A-fib patients are over 60 with co-morbid conditions such as compromised renal or liver functions. This can be a problem because the latest drug proposed to prevent blood clots in A-fib patients is Xarelto (rivaroxaban), the use of which can lead to complications for older subjects with compromised health.

This may be the central problem for drugs such as Xarelto. It is designed to address medical conditions that commonly occur in older patients, and yet the risk of injury is greater for this population. Clinical studies in younger, healthier patients are bound to yield misleading results, which in turn can lead to preventable injuries and deaths. As stated in an article on the website of lawyers Williams Kherkher, some of the side effects of Xarelto are just too dangerous. This is the main contention of the first Xarelto lawsuit, relying on a recent ruling by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court expanding the strict liability rules of drug companies to include drugs where the risk of harm is too high to be justifiable.

If you have been seriously harmed from using Xarelto, you may be able to bring the drug companies responsible for making and manufacturing the drug to book. Consult with a Xarelto lawyer as soon as possible to get compensation for the preventable injury you were forced to endure.

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