Pradaxa lawsuits are being filed by people who suffered serious, life-threatening internal bleeding while using this blood thinner.  Pradaxa internal bleeding is extremely dangerous because there is no readily available antidote for reversing this potentially deadly Pradaxa side effect.  You may be eligible to file your own Pradaxa bleeding lawsuit if you or someone you care about suffered a serious episode of Pradaxa internal bleeding or hemorrhaging. Pradaxa lawsuits allege the drug’s manufacturer, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc., failed to adequately warn patients about Pradaxa side effects such as:

  • Cerebral hemorrhage – Pradaxa bleeding in the brain.
  • Gastrointestinal (stomach) bleeding.
  • Severe Pradaxa internal bleeding following a minor trauma, such as a fall.
  • Death from serious Pradaxa internal bleeding.

If you are considering filing a Pradaxa lawsuit, we urge you to contact our attorneys today to learn more about the legal options open to you.

Pradaxa Side Effects Include Deadly Excessive Bleeding

Pradaxa is a direct thrombin inhibitor used to reduce the risk of stroke and embolism in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation. It was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) in 2010 and was the first anti-coagulant to be introduced in the United States in more than 50 years. However, Pradaxa may carry serious side effects, such as causing uncontrolled and excessive bleeding. There is no means of reversing the bleeding once it begins.

Between its FDA approval and March 2011, the agency received 932 reports of serious Pradaxa adverse events, including 120 deaths and 500 reports of severe, life-threatening bleeding. As of December 31, 2011, the FDA received more than 500 reports of deaths in the U.S. linked to Pradaxa. Health regulators in Australia, Japan and Europe have also issued Pradaxa side effects advisories. On September 24, 2012, researchers at the University of Pécs in Hungary warned that patients taking Pradaxa were three times as likely to have an adverse reaction of excessive bleeding.

Unlike other anti-coagulants, there is no way to reverse Pradaxa’s anticlotting effects. For patients taking warfarin, a similar blood thinner, Vitamin K can reverse the effects of the drug and stop patient bleeding. However, Vitamin K cannot stop excessive bleeding caused by Pradaxa. The only treatment option, emergency dialysis, is risky for patients already experiencing life-threatening bleeding.

Pradaxa’s original drug label included no information about the lack of treatment for reversing the anti-coagulation effects of the drug.

Pradaxa Lawsuits Filed By Patients Suffering Pradaxa Side Effects

Patients who suffered from severe bleeding or death are filing Pradaxa lawsuits to seek compensation for their injuries. The Pradaxa lawsuits allege that the manufacturer failed to warn about the potential dangers and side effects associated with the drug, and allege that:

  • Pradaxa has an increased risk of serious or fatal bleeding
  • Pradaxa does not have an effective reversal agent or protocol
  • Pradaxa is less safe than a similar anticoagulant, Warfarin
  • Pradaxa places certain patient populations at an increased risk for serious bleeding
  • It is difficult to assess the degree of anticoagulation in patients taking Pradaxa.

Pradaxa lawsuits have been consolidated into the multidistrict litigation, In re: Pradaxa Product Liability Litigation (“MDL No. 2385”) pending before Judge David R. Herndon. The federal MDL is underway in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois.

How To File A Pradaxa Lawsuit

If you or a loved one took Pradaxa and suffered severe side effects such as excessive bleeding, contact a Pradaxa lawyer today to learn how to file a Pradaxa lawsuit.  You may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other injuries. The lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP have extensive litigation experience, and have recovered billions of dollars for their clients. In addition to being staunch advocates for your claim, our Pradaxa lawyers also provide personal attention to guide you through the complex litigation process. Call today for a free and confidential case review: (877) 779-1414.

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Published October 4, 2012 by