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Xarelto: A Popular Drug with Unpopular Consequenses

The world of medicine has found an expansive list of uses for anti-coagulants (blood thinners). Doctors have been prescribing blood thinners for years, helping to reduce the risk of blood clots and strokes. Until 2011, the most popular blood thinner was a drug called Coumadin. It was designed to thin the blood enough to prevent clotting, but in the instance of internal bleeding the effects of Coumadin could be reversed.

Now, rewind to 2011; big name pharmaceutical developers, Bayer and Janssen Pharmaceuticals released Xarelto. This new drug was released as a new and improved blood thinner, when in reality Xarelto had serious undiscovered side-effects. Xarelto has been proven to cause severe internal bleeding and can be fatal in some cases. Unlike Coumadin, the developers of Xarelto failed to find any way to counter act the effects of Xarelto, leaving the damage irreversible.

With little regard for the people taking this drug, Bayer and Janssen pushed this drug onto the market, and gave consumers no warning of the risks they were taking when filling their Xarelto prescriptions. Since 2013, the FDA has ordered two separate warnings be placed on the label of Xarelto in attempts to make consumers aware of the risks they were taking.

Take a look at the U.S. Drug Alert on Xarelto

While consumers are being harmed, Xarelto was among the top 25 highest selling drugs last year raking in more than $3.6 billion. Seems unfair, right?  How are companies allowed to release harmful drugs and reap such large profits at the expense of the health and safety of the public?

The attorneys at James, Vernon & Weeks have knowledge and experience when it comes to facing these Goliath drug companies. We have refined the skill of helping injured victims recover for their losses, and regain some peace of mind.

In the unfortunate event that you, or a loved one, has suffered from the irresponsible actions of the makers of Xarelto, contact us and meet face-to-face with a skilled attorney who can help you understand what options you may have to see that justice is served. As we always have, we stand by our mission statement with the focus of “Helping People Solve Problems®”.

Prepared to Pay: Johnson & Johnson Takes Responsibility for Risperdal Injuries

You could very well be one of Johnson & Johnson’s latest victims. The pharmaceutical giant has acknowledged its failure to warn patients of the risks associated with taking the anti-psychotic drug Risperdal.

The dangerous drug was developed by Johnson & Johnson in effort to help people deal with mental disorders. It was targeted at young children suffering from mental disorders such as Schizophrenia and Bi-polar; and older patients suffering from dementia, Alzheimer’s and anxiety.

Risperdal has been linked to a plethora of dangerous side effects, many of which Johnson & Johnson admit they acted negligently by not warning the public. In addition to the negative side-effects patients were warned about, Johnson & Johnson put patients at risk by not warning about other, more dangerous, effects.

Ready for the kicker? Big pharmaceutical companies like Johnson & Johnson knowingly market drugs that have the potential to injure patients, and then build the cost of those lawsuits into the cost of the product. In a single year, Risperdal sales peaked at $4.5 billion in 2007; and to think Risperdal was approved by the FDA over twenty years ago. This is why Johnson & Johnson agreed to pay $2.2 billion to settle civil and criminal cases against them in 2013, that isn’t even half of Risperdal sales in 2007.

Take a look at this article to learn more about how funds from Johnson & Johnson settlement are being disbursed to help aid people who have been harmed by Risperdal:

Johnson & Johnson Risperdal Settlements

The bad news is people are being harmed by Risperdal, the good news is U.S. courts are holding Johnson & Johnson accountable to the people they have harmed. Johnson & Johnson has been recorded to settle Risperdal cases in a matter of hours.

There’s more good news; the attorneys here at James, Vernon & Weeks have experience in pursuing these types of cases. Take advantage of your local northwest attorneys who have national experience and recognition. If you or your loved one has been taking Risperdal, and feel you have been harmed, contact us to meet face to face with one of our skilled attorneys. Our goal is to help people solve problems.