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Do I Have a Personal Injury Lawsuit for Taking Eliquis

Do I have a personal injury lawsuit for taking Eliquis? You are probably asking this question because you or a loved one was injured as a result of taking Eliquis.

Eliquis is generically referred to as apixaban. It is a new-generation blood thinner (anticoagulant).

Eliquis is in a class of drugs that are known as direct factor Xa inhibitors. These are a class of blood thinning drugs that act directly upon Factor X in the coagulation cascade, without using antithrombin as a mediator. Factor X is an enzyme of the coagulation cascade. Antithrombin is a small protein molecule that inactivates several enzymes of the coagulation system.

First approved

Eliquis is marketed by Bristol-Myers Squibb Company and Pfizer Inc.. It was first approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on December 28, 2012, to reduce the risk of stroke, blood clots in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation.

Since that time, the FDA has also approved Eliquis for reducing the risk of blood clots after knee or hip replacement surgery and the treatment of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE). It is also used to reduce the risk of recurring DVT and PE after initial therapy.

Eliquis works by blocking Factor Xa. Factor Xa is a critical factor in the blood clotting process. Because Eliquis blocks Factor Xa, the chance of blood clots developing is lowered and the risk of having a stroke in people with atrial fibrillation that is not due to a heart valve problem is lowered.

Greater risk

The problem is that new-generation drugs, including Eliquis, have been linked to a greater risk of hemorrhaging (uncontrolled bleeding). This is because they prevent the blood from clotting.

An older anticoagulant, warfarin, which prevented blood from clotting, also had an antidote that was vitamin K. People who had uncontrolled bleeding and received medical help in time could reverse the anticoagulant effects of warfarin.

However, the newer generation drugs, such as Eliquis, do not have an approved antidote, at this time. What this means is that there is no way to reverse the effects of Eliquis if hemorrhaging takes place. A person having internal bleeding is put at a serious health risk.

Several injuries have been alleged to be associated with taking Eliquis. These include:

Gastrointestinal hemorrhages
Pulmonary embolism
Epidural hematoma
Deep vein thrombosis
Adrenal bleeding
Intracranial hemorrhages
Retinal hemorrhages
Hemoglobin decrease

Once again, you or your loved one may have been injured as a result of taking Eliquis. You believe that you or your loved one should receive fair and just compensation for the injury that has been suffered.

Proving that you or your loved one’s injury is the result of taking Eliquis can be a long, difficult and complicated process. One in which you will need the advice and expertise of a personal injury attorney.

The thing you really need to do is to sit down and talk with a personal injury attorney and have your case evaluated at no cost or obligation to you. A personal injury attorney will know whether it is in you or your loved one’s best interests to pursue a personal injury lawsuit for taking Eliquis.

Article written by James Shugart

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