July 31, 2012 - Patients who suffered internal bleeding after taking the drug Pradaxa should soon know where and how injury claims filed by hundreds with similar injuries will be handled now that a federal panel has heard arguments from both sides.
Anyone who suffered internal bleeding or lost a loved one due to taking Pradaxa should speak with a lawyer about their legal rights as soon as possible.
Pradaxa is an anticoagulant medication that has been prescribed to hundreds of thousands of patients with atrial fibrillation to prevent blood clots and stroke.
However, the FDA issued a warning on December 7, 2011 that it would launch an investigation into the safety of Pradaxa after receiving more injury or death reports from the drug than expected. The Institute for Safe Medication Practices also reported on June 6, 2012 that Pradaxa led all other medications in 2011 for reports to the FDA of death or bleeding.
Due to the number of lawsuits expected over Pradaxa bleeding injury or death, lawyers filed a motion on May 30, 2012 requesting that all cases be moved to one central federal court. The case is known as MDL No. 2385 IN RE: Pradaxa Product Liability Litigation, Southern District of Illinois. In the motion, lawyers state they expect as many as 500 Pradaxa lawsuits will be filed.
On July 26, 2012, the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) heard arguments from lawyers representing victims and the manufacturer, Boehringer Ingelheim, about whether the cases should be consolidated, and where. A decision from the panel is expected soon.
The transfer of all Pradaxa lawsuits to a central federal MDL court should help victims expedite the litigation process and share in valuable evidence. However, due to the specialized nature of these federal MDL cases, victims should make sure any lawyer they choose has experience in this type of litigation.
Anyone affected by Pradaxa side effects is urged to speak with a lawyer about their legal options. The Pradaxa Resource center works only with lawyers who are already handling Pradaxa lawsuits.
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