June 8, 2012 - Patients who have taken or may be prescribed the drug Pradaxa are being warned of a new report which shows the FDA received more complaints of serious injury or patient death in Pradaxa users than with any other drug last year.
If you or a loved one suffered from internal bleeding after taking Pradaxa, it is important to speak with a lawyer about your legal rights as soon as possible.
Pradaxa is prescribed to patients suffering from atrial fibrillation in order to prevent strokes. The manufacturer, Boehringer Ingelheim, recently boasted in it’s annual report that the drug reached blockbuster status of selling $1 billion.
On December 7, 2011, the FDA warned that it was investigating the safety of Pradaxa after receiving high amounts of injury or death reports. Last month, the European Medicines Agency also issued a statement saying that warnings should be added to address safety risks.
Now, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices' QuarterWatch program is reporting that Pradaxa led all other medications in 2011 for number of deaths reported to the FDA. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported on June 6, 2012 that Pradaxa was highest for total adverse reports (3,781), deaths (542), hemorrhage (2,367), acute renal failure (291), and stroke (644).
Although every anticoagulant has the risk of causing internal bleeding, most have reversal agents that can be used in emergencies. With Pradaxa, once it causes internal bleeding in a patient, there is very little doctors can do to stop it.
Lawyers helping those affected by Pradaxa expect several thousand lawsuits may be filed by those affected. They recently moved to consolidate all the cases into one federal court, called a Multi-District Litigation court. This will expedite the process of justice for victims.
Anyone who has suffered from Pradaxa side effects is urged to speak with a lawyer about their legal options. The Pradaxa Resource center works only with qualified lawyers who have experience with these cases.
For more information on the research, warnings, side effects and legal options of Pradaxa, contact us today.