Pradaxa is a blood thinning drug launched in the United States in 2010 as a safer, more effective way to protect patients with atrial fibrillation from the risk of blood clots, strokes and pulmonary embolism.
Unfortunately, experts are now warning of serious health risks with the drug after it was discovered that Pradaxa can cause uncontrollable internal bleeding and thousands of patients taking the drug have experienced injury or Pradaxa death.
The risk of Pradaxa death has become severe enough that the FDA in December of 2011 announced it would investigate the drug’s safety after receiving more reports than expected. In 2011, the agency received reports of 3,781 Pradaxa side effects and more than 542 deaths from Pradaxa, which led all other drugs that year.
Most Pradaxa death cases have involved internal bleeding in the brain, intestines or kidneys, as well as heart attacks.
For now, Pradaxa remains on the market pending further investigation. However, a federal judge recently ruled that those affected by the drug’s side effects or loss of a loved one can proceed with lawsuits.
If you or someone you love suffered an injury or death after taking Pradaxa, it is important to speak with a lawyer about your legal options. You may be entitled to substantial compensation for your loss. However, time to file a claim is limited.
Recently, The Journal for The American Medical Association warned in its September report that the FDA may have rushed approval of some drugs including Pradaxa, and may have ignored crucial side effects like internal bleeding.
Although all blood thinners present the danger of internal bleeding, others can be effectively treated with reversal agents. However, these are not effective for Pradaxa.
In its March 2012 issue, the Journal of Neurosurgery examined the specific case of one of the hundreds of patients who have suffered Pradaxa death from bleeding. Doctors expressed concern that, once Pradaxa causes internal bleeding, there is very little they can do to stop it.
The University of Pécs in Hungary also recently published a study in which researchers questioned whether the benefits of Pradaxa were worth the risks. Studies there showed that patients taking Pradaxa after an acute heart condition were 3 times as likely to suffer an internal bleeding injury.
Lawyers are currently helping families affected by the injury or death of a loved one from Pradaxa file claims against the manufacturer, Boehringer Ingelheim. Due to the number of claims expected, they have been consolidated into a special federal court in Illinois.
A lawyer can discuss your family’s case and whether it qualifies, as well as how long you have to take action. However, make sure you choose a lawyer qualified for this type of lawsuit who has experience fighting large drug companies. The Drug Resource Center only recommends law firms that specialize in Pradaxa lawsuits.
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