Eliquis Uncontrolled BleedingMarch 18, 2016
Has a member of your family suffered Eliquis uncontrolled bleeding? That is, have they experienced uncontrolled bleeding after taking defective blood thinning medication Eliquis?
If so, you may have a legal case against Eliquis’ negligent manufacturers, Pfizer and Bristol-Myers Squibb, which sold Eliquis to you while knowing it could cause harmful side effects such as uncontrolled bleeding.
What Is Uncontrolled Bleeding?
Perhaps now you’re wondering, what is uncontrolled bleeding? This is a very serious condition which even can be fatal.
It can be caused by Eliquis, which is an anticoagulant drug design to thin the blood and reduce the risk of stroke or heart attack. But in the process, Eliquis can be severely harmful if not fatal, as with bleeding into the brain caused by Eliquis.
Study Shows Uncontrolled Bleeding
According to a study and report published in the New England Journal of Medicine, uncontrolled bleeding could result from using Eliquis. Several thousand patients receiving standard antiplatelet therapy also randomly received either a dummy pill, also known as a placebo, or 5mg of Eliquis two times per day.
Patients who took Eliquis suffered “an increased risk of bleeding, and in most patients it doesn’t appear there is a lot of benefit to outweigh the risk of bleeding,” said Dr. John H. Alexander, a researcher and co-director of cardiovascular research at Duke Clinical Research Institute at Duke University Medical Center.
In fact, the trial was halted on this basis. But follow-up studies revealed that 1.3 percent of persons who’d used Eliquis suffered major bleeding, compared with just 0.5 percent of persons who’d taken the dummy pill, or placebo.
Also, more patients who’d taken Eliquis suffered bleeding to the brain and died from uncontrollable bleeding than did patients who’d taken the placebo.
Researchers concluded that combining dual antiplatelet therapy with an anticoagulant drug such as Eliquis should be “avoided.”
Eliquis Versus Warfarin
Such serious Eliquis side effects merit an evaluation of Eliquis versus warfarin, another anticoagulant which has been used for many years.
Both anticoagulants are designed to assist patients at risk of blood clots, including persons suffering from atrial fibrillation. They do this by thinning the blood.
In doing so, in theory any anticoagulant could lead to uncontrolled bleeding, since thinning the blood and lowering the body’s ability to form blood clots can result in a risk of bleeding from even minor injuries. (Clotting of blood can staunch bleeding.)
Internal bleeding, such as gastrointestinal or pulmonary bleeding, can be extremely difficult to treat. However, if warfarin caused such bleeding, an extremely high dosage of vitamin K can negate warfarin’s effects, allowing patients to form blood clots and stop the bleeding.
Eliquis lacks such a “turn off” technique, which means uncontrolled Eliquis bleeding can be fatal. Yet despite its failure to match warfarin’s “turn off switch,” Eliquis has been marketed as a new and thus better drug.
Sometimes, an old reliable drug is best. In this case, such a drug is warfarin.
An Eliquis Lawsuit Can Help
If a loved one suffered such uncontrolled bleeding after taking Eliquis, an Eliquis lawsuit can help your family to gain financial compensation for your losses, including medical bills and lost wages.
Such a defective drug lawsuit can come from the Willis Law Firm. We can provide you with an experienced and knowledgeable defective drug lawyer for your case.
Contact our law firm today for your free case evaluation. You may be entitled to significant economic recovery from Eliquis’ negligent manufacturers.© Willis Law Firm for Drug Attorneys. Replication strictly prohibited without written consent.