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Anticoagulant treatment for pulmonary embolisms

Posted on May 21st, 2013 No Comments

A pulmonary embolism, or the sudden blockage of a major artery in the lung by a blood clot, is usually treated by blood thinner medicines called anticoagulants.

After diagnosis, patients with pulmonary embolisms are usually given anticoagulant medicines to prevent new clots and to avoid existing clots from growing. Initially, a doctor will give a patient a shot of heparin, after which a patient may take warfarin pills for a few months.

Patients diagnosed with severe pulmonary embolism will typically use thrombolytics to quickly dissolve clots; however, the risk of serious bleeding may increase due to such use. Another option is to remove the clot through a surgery known as an embolectomy.

Patients prescribed with anticoagulants should understand how to safely take their medicine, in addition to undergoing regular blood tests.

If you or someone you know has suffered through a pulmonary embolism because of using Yaz, Yasmin, or Ocella, speak with an attorney at Williams Hart about your legal options by calling 800-761-3187.

$1.5 billion reserve to cover Yasmin and Yaz lawsuits, causes loss in earnings

Posted on March 13th, 2013 No Comments

Drug giant Bayer said on its annual report at the end of February that the company experienced a drop in earnings after it placed $1.5 billion in a fund in 2012 to cover expenses related to lawsuits for the infamous contraceptive drugs Yasmin and Yaz.

Around 4,800 plaintiffs in the U.S. have claimed these contraceptives caused heart attacks, strokes, and even death due to blood clots. Bayer reportedly agreed to settle claims in the U.S. only, according to its annual report.

Bayer will also be facing investigation by the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York based on the investigation that off-label promotion of Yasmin or Yaz occurred.

A Bayer spokeswoman declined to entertain questions beyond the report.

Many women have sustained serious health problems or been killed as a result of using either Yasmin or Yaz. If you are one of these women or the family of a woman who has been affected, speak with an attorney from Williams Hart about obtaining financial compensation for your suffering. Call 800-761-3187 to discuss your case.

FDA approves Xarelto to treat and reduce DVT, PE

Posted on November 6th, 2012 No Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration expanded Johnson & Johnson’s Xarelto drug to also include treating and reducing the risk of deep-vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. Xarelto is currently used to reduce the risk of blood clots and strokes.

The expansion of the drug makes Xarelto the first oral, anti-clotting drug to reduce and treat blood clots since the drug warfarin was approved almost six decades ago. Both Johnson & Johnson and Bayer market the medication, according to the Washington Post.

Deep-vein thrombosis is a blood clot that forms in one of the body’s deep, large veins–usually in the legs. These blood clots can detach and travel throughout the body, making it potentially deadly if it enters the heart or lungs. It is called a pulmonary embolism when the clot is lodged near the lungs.

If you or someone you love has suffered from deep-vein thrombosis or a pulmonary embolism caused by the birth control pills Yaz or Yasmin, contact the birth control lawsuit attorneys of Williams Hart at 800-761-3187.

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