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Alleged defective drug blamed for deaths

Patients generally expect that the medications they are prescribed are not only effective, but safe. The family member of an alleged victim of a potentially defective drug says that a blood thinner currently on the market isn't safe. In fact, she claims it caused her aunt's death. Family members of California victims who may have taken the same medication might find this story to be a familiar one.

Both Bayer Corp. and Janssen Research & Development have been named in a lawsuit concerning Xarelto, an anticoagulant. One woman has pointed to this blood thinner as being the cause of her aunt's death. Apparently, she isn't the only one who thinks so, as other victims have reportedly had their deaths pinned to the drug.

The lawsuit against the company alleges that the defendants committed fraud and failed to adequately warn potential patients of side effects. Furthermore, the plaintiff claims that Xarelto execs engaged in unreasonable marketing efforts for the product because it was a dangerous medication. Punitive damages being sought include the above-listed claims as well as the wrongful death of victims who took the prescription medication.

An article supposedly supports the lawsuit's claims, in which it asserts that even short-time use of the alleged defective drug Xarelto can cause substantially serious bleeds. A nonprofit organization found at least 356 cases of serious side effects -- including fatalities -- that were likely caused by the drug. The lawsuit seeks monetary compensation on behalf of the victims, and it is possible that the pharmaceutical company may choose to settle with the families involved outside of court. California patients who believe that they have been injured due to use of Xarelto may be also be able to file a civil claim against the pharmaceutical company.

Source: Medical Daily, "Blood Thinner Xarelto Blamed For Deaths And 'Serious Injuries' In Lawsuit", John Ericson, April 14, 2014

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