According to a recent report, the test that is normally used to check the side-effects of bleeding and coagulation after taking blood thinners such as Eliquis may be unreliable.
In a study published online in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, researchers determined that in cases that were reported to poison control centers, the lab tests that are generally used to measure clotting factors that are ordered so that doctors can diagnose internal bleeding may be elevated in a small number of cases, but are unreliable to measure the risk of internal bleeding for patients.
Henry Spiller, D.ABAT, a co-author of the study, toxicologist, and director of the Central Ohio Poison Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Said in a recent interview, “Blood thinners are helpful drugs and we do not want people to stop taking them. We may need to get better about how we monitor patients on these drugs.”
The study utilized data obtained from some 800 hospitals and eight regional poison centers that covered covering nine states. Bleeding was reported in only 15 (7 percent) of the 223 patients in the study and coagulation tests were normal for most of the patients.
Many patients rely on anticoagulant drugs to lessen their risk of stroke or heart attack. Eliquis and other anticoagulants commonly on the market today can cause serious injury or even death in a serious bleeding event for some patients. For those patients, drugs like Eliquis can make it almost impossible to stop the bleeding in certain situations.
If you or a loved one has been seriously harmed by a serious bleeding event while taking the drug Eliquis, you need an attorney who will fight for on your side. Like other patients who have been affected by Eliquis, you have the right to recovery for your injuries or the wrongful death of someone you love. Holding those responsible accountable and ensuring victims are compensated is important. Depending on your circumstances, you may choose to become a part of a class action lawsuit against the manufacturers of Eliquis or file an independent suit.
In the Atlanta area, John Foy & Associates is ready to help. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation and in-depth analysis of the circumstances surrounding your case. If you have a basis for recovery, we will be happy to move your case forward. We charge no up-front fees and you owe us nothing if we do not get you a settlement.
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