Unaware of the severe Pradaxa bleeding side effects that would eventually take her life, one 72-year old woman started taking the popular blood thinner for the three months she spent recovering from a stroke in her California home.

What she and her husband did not expect was for the injuries she suffered as a result of the drug to turn fatal when doctors were unable to stop the internal bleeding she developed.

“My generation, you do what your doctor tells you,” her husband told Bloomberg News of his wife’s switch to Pradaxa. “You don’t ask any questions.”

Now, the victim’s family is pursuing a Pradaxa lawsuit on her behalf to help ensure that other patients do not suffer the same fate, according to a Dec. 11 report in Bloomberg News.

 And they are not the only ones. On Oct. 2, the manufacturer, Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH, estimated that 120 Pradaxa lawsuits had been filed in federal court, with another 34 claims pending since then.  

Plaintiffs who have filed Pradaxa lawsuits allege the company failed to warn them of the Pradaxa bleeding side effects they suffered after taking the medication:

  • Gastrointestinal (stomach) bleeding.
  • Pradaxa bleeding in the brain (Cerebral hemorrhaging)
  • Pradaxa internal bleeding following a minor trauma
  • Death from serious Pradaxa internal bleeding.

Pradaxa bleeding side effects are not a rare occurrence. Over a two-year period, the medication was suggested to have caused over 500 deaths in the U.S. This is because there is no antidote to reverse Pradaxa bleeding side effects, unlike older blood thinners like warfarin. Oftentimes, this results in what are referred to as “bleed-out deaths.”

From when it was approved in 2010 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) until March 2011, the agency received 932 reports of Pradaxa bleeding complications. That number includes 120 deaths and 500 reports of near-fatal bleeding. Despite this mounting litigation, Boehringer has earned $1 billion in Pradaxa sales worldwide. Hundreds of more claims filed by plaintiffs who experienced Pradaxa bleeding side effects are expected to be brought to U.S. courts in the coming months.

Published December 12, 2012 by