If you or a loved one has developed an injury from taking this dangerous drug, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages. You can learn about your legal rights and options by speaking to our lawyers in person. Please call (888) 353-5513 today to schedule your free Eliquis consultation. We have offices conveniently located throughout South Carolina.
Eliquis (apixaban) is an anticoagulant drug manufactured by Pfizer and Bristol-Myers Squibb. It’s part of a new generation of anticoagulants (blood-thinners) that has been created to help prevent the blood clots which lead to strokes. The other drugs in this new family of blood-thinners include Pradaxa and Xarelto.
Eliquis works to prevent blood clots by changing your body’s blood chemistry. It inhibits the blood clotting protein Factor Xa, which interacts with your red blood cells and causes them to stick together, forming a clot that is necessary to stop bleeding and help you heal after an injury.
When blood clotting occurs too often, it can increase your risk of serious conditions such as heart attack and stroke, which is why many patients have been prescribed one of these anticoagulant drugs. However, patients who take these blood-thinners also face an increased risk of excessive bleeding.
Bleeding Injuries Associated with Eliquis
There is growing evidence that Eliquis places patients at risk of serious, uncontrollable bleeding. Similar to the other blood-thinners in this family (Pradaxa and Xarelto), there is no way to reverse the effects of the drug. This makes Eliquis significantly more dangerous than older anticoagulants such as warfarin, which can be reversed by taking Vitamin K in order to allow your blood to clot in the event of a bleeding incident.
Due to the inability to reverse the blood-thinning effects of Eliquis, patients have experienced the following bleeding problems:
- Gastrointestinal bleeding
- Kidney bleeding
- Rectal bleeding
- Cerebral hemorrhages
- Internal bleeding
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Pulmonary embolism
- Uncontrollable bleeding
- Hypovolemic shock
- Hemorrhagic stroke
The manufacturers of Eliquis are currently facing numerous lawsuits associated with bleeding injuries caused by this drug. These cases allege that the manufacturer failed to:
- Properly research the bleeding side effects associated with Eliquis
- Adequately warn doctors and patients about the risk of uncontrollable bleeding associated with Eliquis
- Make sure there was an effective reversal agent before placing the drug on the market for use with patients
- Recommend blood monitoring for patients taking Eliquis
- Issue a recall or update the warnings on the drug’s label after reports of serious bleeding injuries began to surface
Depending on the specifics of your case, you may be entitled to recover compensation for:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Funeral expenses (in the event of wrongful death)