August 8, 2012 – Two weeks after hearing arguments from several lawyers involved in the current Pradaxa bleeding lawsuits, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation today issued an order consolidating the outstanding cases to the MDL court in the Southern District of Illinois.
The move could help victims of Pradaxa injury as it will expedite litigation and offer a forum for the sharing of valuable medical evidence. In addition, the judge selected to preside over the cases is highly qualified in similar matters.
Anyone who has suffered internal bleeding or had a loved one affected by taking Pradaxa is encouraged to speak with a lawyer about their legal rights as soon as possible.
Pradaxa is a popular blood thinning drug prescribed to prevent strokes and blood clots in patients with atrial fibrillation.
On December 7, 2011, however, the FDA warned hundreds of thousands of patients that it was investigating 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. On August 8th, 2012, the panel selected Judge David Herndon of the Southern District of Illinois to preside over the cases.
The panel noted that Judge Herndon is highly qualified in large-scale drug injury matters such as the current Yaz and Yasmin litigation that has begun settling. The move to his court should allow for the consolidation of evidence and expedition of litigation in a manner fair for all parties involved.
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.
Those affected by a Pradaxa injury are urged to speak with a lawyer about their legal options. The Pradaxa Resource center works only with lawyers who are already handling Pradaxa lawsuits. For more information on the research, warnings, side effects and legal options relating to the drug Pradaxa, or to speak with a lawyer, contact us today.