The drug Pradaxa was released in 2010 as a safe and convenient alternative to Coumadin for patients suffering from atrial fibrillation. In the years since, it has been sold in over 70 countries by drug maker Boehringer Ingelheim.
Unfortunately, thousands of people have suffered internal bleeding while taking Pradaxa. Experts are warning of the drug’s safety and a federal court recently ruled that those affected can file claims. A Pradaxa lawyer can help those injured seek a recovery.
Soon after its release, reports showed Pradaxa may have serious health concerns. In the first six months the drug was on the market, the FDA received over 500 reports of internal bleeding injury or death among patients, more than 98% of other drugs.
By December of 2011, the FDA warned that it was investigating the drug after receiving reports of 3,781 Pradaxa side effects and 542 deaths among users, the most for any drug in 2011. These included internal bleeding in the brain, intestines and kidneys, as well as heart attacks.
With lawsuits from victims around the country starting to mount, a federal panel consolidated all Pradaxa cases to a special Multi-District Litigation court in Illinois, known as MDL No. 2385, IN RE: Pradaxa Product Liability Litigation, Southern District of Illinois. A Pradaxa lawyer can help those affected join the litigation.
If you or a loved one suffered internal bleeding while taking Pradaxa, it is important to speak with a qualified Pradaxa lawyer as soon as possible. You may be entitled to substantial compensation. Contact us today.
Every anticoagulant drug has the risk of causing internal bleeding. However, most have a reversal agent that can be used in an emergency to stop bleeding. Since the maker of Pradaxa failed to warn that the drug had no reversal agent to stop bleeding, they are liable for the damages caused.
In the March 6, 2012 report of Journal of Neurosurgery, researchers studied the death of a man who had died from internal bleeding while taking Pradaxa. Doctors noted that once Pradaxa causes bleeding, there is little they can do to stop it.
The University of Pécs in Hungary also published a study of Pradaxa in September of 2012, suggesting the risks of the drug outweighed the benefits. Researchers found that patients taking Pradaxa after an acute heart condition were 3 times as likely to have a bleeding event.
A Pradaxa lawyer can advise how these cases are handled, gather necessary medical records and attend hearings on your behalf. It is also important to speak with a lawyer to learn the value of your case and how long you have to take action. It costs nothing to file a claim unless you recover.
The federal MDL process involved in defective drug litigation such as this can be complex and highly specialized. Before you choose a lawyer, make sure they are qualified for this type of lawsuit and have experience fighting large drug companies. The Drug Resource Center only recommends law firms that specialize in Pradaxa lawsuits.
For more information on the side effects, warnings and legal action related to the drug Pradaxa, or to speak with a lawyer, contact us today. We are available 24 hours a day to provide help.