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Bayer’s Xarelto, a New Drug for Stroke Prevention, Shows More Side Effects this Year than Last

Filed September 10th, 2013 edlieber1

Reports continue to mount against Bayer Healthcare concerning serious side effects associated with its stroke prevention pill Xarelto.

According to Reuters, the German magazine Der Spiegel has reported that there have been 968 cases of suspected undesirable side effects related to Xarelto in the first eights months of 2013. That total includes 72 deaths. The magazine reported those figures based on data from Germany’s Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM).

This appears to be a potent issue as the total number of reported side-effect cases has already surpassed the total for all of 2012. Last year there were 750 reported cases of side effects, including 58 deaths, Reuters reported. The study should cause alarm for Johnson & Johnson (J&J) as Xarelto is one of Bayer’s most successful new drugs. According to Reuters, the drug is predicted to earn annual peak sales of more than $2.63 billion.

Xarelto is a prescription drug taken to reduce the risk of stroke and blood clots in people with atrial fibrillation. However, the drug has been associated with an increased risk of bleeding, which can be serious and even deadly. A person who takes Xarelto may also be at risk of bruising more easily, and it may take longer for bleeding to stop, according to Xarelto-us.com.

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