The University of Pennsylvania Medical Center’s doctor Meriell Jessup told Reuters, ““I have many physicians, particularly surgeons, who hate [Xarelto and similar anticoagulants]; They’re frightened of them because they’ve had to deal with the consequences of somebody coming in with trauma.” The sentiments comes after hundreds of patients reported adverse Xarelto side effects after taking the blood thinner.
Because Xarelto does not have a natural antidote, it can be very difficult for doctors to reverse its blood-thinning effects. If a patient begins experiencing excessive bleeding or internal hemorrhaging, often times the only solution is surgery.
Manufacturer Bayer is facing an increasing number of Xarelto lawsuits alleging that the drug causes serious side effects. Nearly 2,000 cases of Xarelto side effects have been reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, more than 800 of which resulted in hospitalization and 183 of which resulted in death.