Wound Infections and Complications Associated with the Use of Xarelto
Wound Complications From Using Xarelto
Xarelto, the brand name for rivaroxaban, is an anticoagulant (blood thinner) medication. It was developed by Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Jenssen Pharmaceutical and approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2011. Xarelto has come under increased scrutiny due to the dangerous excessive bleeding it has been known to cause. Most recently, new dangerous side effects have come into light in relation to the use of this drug. Orthopedic surgeons across the United States also claim a higher rate of wound bleeding and infection following knee and hip replacement surgery when this drug is administered.
If you or a family member has suffered adverse side effects after being prescribed Xarelto, you need to consult a drug injury attorney.
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Xarelto and Post-Surgery Infections
A recent study by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) reported a significant increase in deep surgical site infections among patients being treated with Xarelto. The studies suggested ten times greater risk of infection among hip and knee replacement patients that were treated with Xarelto after surgery. More and more orthopedic surgeons are avoiding prescribing Xarelto to their post operative patients, but many continue to prescribe this potentially dangerous drug.
British Xarelto Study Supports American Findings
Studies published in The Lancet, Britain’s version of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), found that the rate of wound complications in British patients undergoing total knee or total hip replacement surgeries rose significantly when the anticoagulant rivaroxaban (Xarelto) was used in place of tinzaparin (Innohep) for thromboprophylaxis (blood clotting diseases). These results support the same findings in American Xarelto patients.
Damages in a Xarelto Injury Claim
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries due to treatment with Xarelto, you are not alone. These cases are being reported almost daily nationwide. You may be able to pursue compensation for the following damages:
- Current medical bills
- Future medical bills resulting from your injury (surgeries, etc.)
- Loss of a limb
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages due to missed work
- Loss of career or earning capacity
- Costs of physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Permanent injury or disability
- Household and vehicle modifications (wheelchair lifts and ramps, etc.)
- Wrongful death damages
The manufacturers of a medication have a duty to ensure that their product has been sufficiently tested and that all potential side effects are known to its users. Failure for the manufacturer to do so is an act of negligence.
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