Was Dangerous Drug Xarelto a Factor in the Death of Golfer Arnold Palmer?
Arnold Palmer, the legendary golfer, made a name for himself in his old age promoting the anticoagulant drug Xarelto.
However, the nature of his recent death has left dangerous drugs attorneys wondering whether Xarelto contributed to his demise.
Writing for The Expert Institute, Larry Bodine, says many people are wondering if the golfing legend’s death in September, which was preceded by colon bleeding, was linked to the blood thinner he promoted.
Palmer was hospitalized on Sept. 22 in preparation for heart surgery. His condition weakened due to complications from heart disease.
The octogenarian made TV commercials for Xarelto in his legendary pink sweater stating: “Treatment with Xarelto was the right move for us.”
His death makes me wonder if it was the wrong move. Although there is a degree of speculation, the Expert Institute article states the golfer underwent surgery two years before his death to have a pacemaker implanted, according to Golf Digest.
It was the first of a number of serious health issues including high blood pressure, for which he took pills daily. Palmer said in a 2015 interview that he was taking “a blood thinner,” after suffering from deep vein thrombosis (blood clots). Deep vein thrombosis is certainly linked with coronary heart disease. The Expert Institute article said had Palmer been taking Coumadin, the traditional alternative to Xarelto, he would not have needed surgery to stop colon bleeding.
Dangerous Drug Xarelto – The Lawsuits Mount
It would certainly be tragic and ironic if Xarelto played a part in the death of one of America’s most loved golfers.
What’s not in dispute is the high number of lawsuits filed against drug giants Bayer and Johnson & Johnson’s New Jersey-based unit, Janssen Pharmaceuticals.
Xarelto is the subject of more than 10,700 federal and state lawsuits that link the drug to internal bleeding, gastrointestinal problems, and death.
The lawsuits have not prevented Bayer and Janssen Pharmaceuticals from broadcasting their TV commercials for the drug for more than a year.
You can read more about the dangerous drug Xarelto on our website. Although it’s touted as an alternative to warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven), there’s no evidence it’s more effective and, unlike the case of warfarin, there’s no antidote to prevent uncontrolled bleeds.
Our Virginia dangerous drugs lawyers help people who are harmed by these products every year. Tragically, it’s too late for some and our role is that of helping families join a class action for a wrongful death of a loved one.
Given the scale of the legal action over Xarelto, it’s highly irresponsible for these drug companies to keep running their ads. Call our dangerous drug team if you are in need of help at (757) 455-0077. Our consultations are free and we never bill you unless you have made a recovery.