In recent years, a number of studies have shown that the anticoagulant drug Xarelto (rivaroxaban) is linked to increased risk for major bleeding events. Here, we discuss one such study, titled, “Anticoagulant-related gastrointestinal bleeding-could this facilitate early detection of benign or malignant gastrointestinal lesions?” and published in the August, 2014 edition of Annals of Medicine by A. Clemens et al.
This team states “The higher incidence of gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding with the non-vitamin K oral anticoagulants (NOACs) may be related to pre-existing malignancies; diagnostic measures triggered by these bleedings could lead to early detection of these malignancies.”
For this study, the team “retrieved the preferred terms on GI bleeding and GI cancer reported as adverse events (AEs) from phase III studies in patients with atrial fibrillation for each NOAC on ClinicalTrials.gov” and “analyzed the RE-LY trial database.”
Results showed that the risk for bleeding was different with different drugs: “dabigatran 110 mg b.i.d. (D110: 1.42% versus 1.37%), dabigatran 150 mg b.i.d. (D150: 1.93% versus 1.37%), rivaroxaban (3.52% versus 2.68%), and apixaban (1.93% versus 1.59%), compared with warfarin, respectively.” (emphasis added)
Also the team studied the risk for cancer linked to anticoagulant use: “The incidence of AE-GI cancer was similar between the NOACs (D110 [0.79%], D150 [0.61%], rivaroxaban [0.83%], and apixaban [0.69%]), but numerically higher compared with warfarin (0.37%; 0.73%; 0.57%, respectively).” (emphasis added)
Due to the fact that Bayer Pharmaceuticals, Inc has failed time and again to warn users of the increased risk for bleeding linked to Xarelto, Xarelto lawsuits are currently being filed in great number. If you or a loved one used Xarelto and suffered a major bleeding event, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation.
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