Pittsburgh doctors and the patients who take the drugs they prescribe assume that medications are as safe and effective as drug makers advertise they are. Americans have a right to expect that the products we buy are safe to use. Patients have enough to worry about without wondering whether a pill will do more harm than good.
A Pennsylvania lawsuit accuses drug manufacturers Bayer and Janssen Pharmaceuticals of falsely marketing rivaroxaban under the brand name Xarelto as a safe blood thinner. The plaintiff believes her aunt's death might not have occurred if the defendants' claims about the anticoagulant were true. Xarelto's marketing campaign said that monitoring the drug's users regularly for blood clots or bleeding problems wasn't necessary.