Hundreds of thousands of patients suffering from atrial fibrillation have been prescribed the drug Pradaxa since it was released in 2010. Unfortunately, experts have now warned that the anticoagulant may cause significant health risks like internal bleeding.
The first Pradaxa warnings came weeks after it was approved by the FDA. In October 2010, MedWatch noted it had received more adverse reports on Pradaxa than 98% of other drugs on the market. These included internal bleeding in the brain, intestines and kidneys, as well as heart attacks.
By the end of March 2011, the FDA had received more than 500 reports of internal bleeding injury or death among Pradaxa patients. In December of 2011, the agency finally announced it would investigate the dangers of Pradaxa, after receiving reports of 3,781 side effects and 542 deaths, which was the highest of all medications in 2011.
Unfortunately, patients were not given a proper Pradaxa problems warning until thousands of people were already injured or killed. Although the drug is still on the market, a federal judge recently ruled that those injured may proceed with lawsuits.
If you or a loved one suffered internal bleeding while taking Pradaxa, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. Contact us today to speak with a lawyer about your legal options.
While all blood thinning drugs have the risk of causing internal bleeding, those like Coumadin or Warfarin have reversal agents that can be used in the case of emergency.
The March, 2012 issue of Journal of Neurosurgery, gave patients a more detailed Pradaxa warning. Researchers examining the death of a man from internal bleeding while on Pradaxa noted the concerns of doctors that once Pradaxa caused bleeding, there is little they can do to stop it.
In September of 2012, The Journal for The American Medical Association warned that the FDA may have rushed approval of Pradaxa, overlooking key side effects like internal bleeding.
That same month, the University of Pécs in Hungary released a Pradaxa warning in a study showing risks of the drug may outweigh the benefits. Researchers found that patients taking Pradaxa after an acute heart condition were three times as likely to have a bleeding event.
Experts fear thousands of patients may ultimately suffer serious internal bleeding or death from Pradaxa side effects. Due to the number of lawsuits expected, they have been consolidated to a special federal court in Illinois.
Lawyers are currently helping those affected by Pradaxa bleeding file claims against the manufacturer. If you or a loved one were injured, it is important to learn your legal options and how long you have to take action.
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.