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Pradaxa Lawsuit Alert

Expert Legal Help Available for those patients and families affected by injury or fatal bleeding after taking Pradaxa.

Do You Qualify for a Pradaxa Lawsuit

Pradaxa is an anticoagulant used to help prevent strokes or serious blood clots in people who have atrial fibrillation, or irregular heartbeat. It has been prescribed to millions in the few short years it has been on the market.

lawsuit pradaxaAlthough the maker of Pradaxa, Boehringer Ingelheim, has marketed it as a safer, more effective alternative to Coumadin, clinical trials and reports to the FDA indicate the drug may cause an increase in the risk of serious or fatal internal bleeding and hemorrhaging.

In December, 2011, the FDA announced it would launch an investigation into the safety of Pradaxa after widespread reports of internal bleeding deaths among patients. This follows warnings by regulators in Europe, Japan and Australia.

Lawyers are currently helping those who have been affected by a Pradaxa injury or death file a claim for their loss.

If you or a loved one have been affected by a hemorrhaging injury or death after taking Pradaxa, it is important to learn your legal options. Contact us today to speak with a lawyer.

 

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The tragic case was filed on March 4 in the U.S. District Court of Eastern Tennessee by Bertha Bivens, who alleges her mother Nancy Brummett died from uncontrollable internal bleeding within months of taking the blood thinner.

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Pradaxa Health Risk

Pradaxa has been prescribed over 1 million times to prevent strokes in patients with atrial fibrillation. However, recent reports and an FDA advisory have raised serious questions about the safety of the drug.

pradaxa lawsuits and lawyersWithin weeks of approval by the FDA in October 2010, the agency’s MedWatch noted it had received more adverse reports on Pradaxa than 98.7% of other drugs on the market. These events included massive internal bleeding in the brain, intestines and kidneys, as well as an increased risk of heart attacks.

In just the first quarter of 2011, the FDA received more than 500 reports of serious injury or death from internal bleeding among Pradaxa patients.

A March 6, 2012 report in the Journal of Neurosurgery detailed a case doctors have reported numerous times - patients bleeding to death as there are no reversal agents to stop internal bleeding from Pradaxa like there are for other anticoagulants.

On December 7, 2011, the FDA announced it was launching an investigation into the safety of Pradaxa after a higher-than-expected number of reports of “serious or fatal bleeding events.” The drug maker, Boehringer Ingelheim, has now admitted more than 260 deaths since 2008.

Lawyers are helping those affected by injury or death from this defective drug file a claim to recover for their loss. If you or someone you love was injured by Pradaxa, contact us today to speak with a lawyer about your options.