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NBA Star and Xarelto Pitchman Chris Bosh Misses Playoffs with Blood Clots

Posted on August 19, 2016

Miami Heat power forward Chris Bosh was forced to miss the NBA playoffs this year due to a blood clot in his calf (an injury known as deep vein thrombosis, or DVT). This is the second time that a blood clot has sidelined the 11 time All-Star’s career. He missed last year’s All-Star game because a blood clot had traveled to his lung (an injury known as a pulmonary embolism). Between the two blood clot episodes, Bosh added to his fame by becoming a spokesperson for the blood thinning medication Xarelto (Rivaroxaban). He even stars in a commercial with PGA great Arnold Palmer, comedian Kevin Nealon, and NASCAR driver Kevin Vickers. During the spot, all four men can be seen and heard praising the top selling anticoagulant.

But, not everyone is so happy with Xarelto. In fact, over 3,400 lawsuits have been filed against the drug’s manufacturer, Bayer, and its U.S. marketer, Johnson & Johnson’s subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals. The problem is that Xarelto can cause unstoppable bleeding, which has led to numerous fatalities.

The return of Bosh’s blood clots this season forced him to get back on Xarelto, which is why he sat out the playoffs. The fear was that, should the two time NBA champion get injured, say a cut from an elbow to the head, he could suffer serious blood loss. Xarelto differs from its competitor, Warfarin, in that it doesn’t require frequent blood monitoring and strict dietary guidelines. Another difference is that, while warfarin can also cause excessive bleeding, it has an antidote, while Xarelto does not. If a person taking Xarelto were to be in a serious injury like a car crash, they could easily bleed out and die.

If you have been prescribed Xarleto and experienced excessive bleeding or any other side effects, you need to speak to a dedicated pharmaceutical litigation attorney. The legal team at Farah & Farah has been successfully representing injury victims for over 35 years. We are currently investigating Xarelto related injury claims nationwide. Call (800) 533-3555 today for a free consultation.