There has been a lot of press coverage recently about opioid addiction and the dangers of prescribed opioids. According to a recent report, the most dangerous prescription drugs on the market right now are anticoagulants, which are also known as blood thinners. These drugs include Xarelto, Pradaxa, and Warfarin, among others, and they are most likely to cause an emergency room visit. All of these drugs use biochemical reactions to prevent blood from clotting.
Based on Centers for Disease Control data, there were 22,000 severe injuries, including 3,000 fatalities, related to anticoagulants last year alone. Of those injuries, nearly half required a hospital stay. The numbers could be significantly higher because the Food and Drug Administration only tracks voluntary reports. It is believed that the annual number of people who have been injured by anticoagulants could be 10 times greater than voluntary reports indicate.
Blood thinners interrupt the blood clotting process, which can be useful when treating medical problems. The risk of blood clotting is very high after certain surgeries, including joint replacement, and for people who are sedentary. However, blood clots can also be a good thing. If blood does not clot properly, someone could bleed to death. There are antidotes for certain blood thinners, but not for all. It is essential to minimize the risk of adverse effects by following label directions carefully, by avoiding food and drink interference, and by talking to a doctor about the reasons for receiving a prescription.
If you have been injured by an anticoagulant or any other medication or dangerous drug, call the New Jersey product liability lawyers at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow & McElroy, LLP. Call us at 732-777-0100 now to speak to a caring and dedicated attorney, or contact us online for a free consultation. We are conveniently located in Red Bank, Toms River, and Edison, New Jersey, and we proudly serve clients throughout the state.