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A lawsuit was recently filed after the plaintiff allegedly suffered critical injuries due to ingestion of . In that case, the plaintiff used for its intended purposes between January 23, 2015 and October 30, 2015. On that final use date in October, the plaintiff began experiencing internal bleeding, an issue she claims is tied to ingestion of . After sustaining those injuries and medical care for internal bleeding, she filed a lawsuit against Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Johnson & Johnson, the makers of .

Can Ingestion of Cause Injuries?

is often prescribed to prevent blood clots from forming in patients because of atrial fibrillation or knee and hip replacement surgery. Furthermore, it might also be prescribed to a patient to treat blood clots from pulmonary embolus and deep vein thrombosis. As an anticoagulant, was intended to prevent blood clots and life-threatening bleeding events. However, a rising number of patients are filing legal claims after experiencing internal bleeding and other severe side effects.

According to the lawsuit filed recently, internal bleeding after ingestion of is a side effect that makers of the drug may have been aware of due to flawed research studies that were allegedly used to misleadingly state the safety of the drug. Other studies also indicated that an alternative to , warfarin, may have been safer to use for patients with many of the same conditions. Warfarin had, at the time was approved in the U.S. by the FDA, been on the market for many years.

prescriptionOne of the primary concerns regarding ingestion of has to do with the way the drug makers market the drug. According to numerous lawsuits, the manufacturers say that the “ difference” are that it comes in one dose and requires no blood testing. Despite that, however, some studies show that the drug is both more effective and safer for patient use when there are dose adjustments, blood monitoring, and twice-daily dosing.

Without regular monitoring provided by a physician, a patient may be at risk of serious injuries. Internal bleeding is one of the most common and the lack of an appropriate antidote was never mentioned on the label of the medication.  Sixty-five deaths and more than 1,000 adverse events were filed with the FDA prior to 2012, but that injured number grew to more than 2,000 by the end of 2012.

The lawsuit stipulates that the makers of the drug knew about the serious dangers or should have known and provided this information on the warning label. Without an appropriate warning about the benefits of monitoring or the lack of an antidote, the lawsuit says, patients and doctors could not make an informed decision about ingestion of .

If you or someone you know has been seriously hurt because of ingestion of , prompt action and guidance from a lawyer is recommended- contact the lawyers at McDonald Worley immediately so that you can get a comprehensive review of your rights.Disclaimer: McDonald Worley is not representing the plaintiff in this lawsuit.