Boehringer Ingelheim’s best-selling blood thinner, Pradaxa, has been marketed as a superior alternative to warfarin because it requires less patient monitoring during treatment and is designed to have fewer side effects, but studies and adverse event reports have linked the anticoagulant medication to an increased risk of uncontrollable bleeding, heart attack and stroke. If you believe you have been harmed by alleged side effects of Pradaxa, contact us today. You may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries, medical bills, and emotional trauma, which you can pursue by filing a Pradaxa injury lawsuit against Boehringer Ingelheim.
If you were prescribed the controversial anticoagulant drug Pradaxa (dabigatran) in 2010 or later, to reduce your risk of stroke, don’t hesitate to discuss your case with us. Despite claims that Pradaxa is easier to use and more convenient than older blood thinners, like warfarin, the medication had no approved antidote until October of 2015, which means doctors had no way of controlling serious bleeding complications in Pradaxa users. In patients taking warfarin, for example, doctors can administer vitamin K to reverse the blood thinning effects of the medication, and prevent internal bleeding side effects that may lead to hospitalization or death.
When Pradaxa was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2010, it was indicated to prevent strokes and harmful blood clots in patients with a heart condition called atrial fibrillation, which is characterized by an irregular heartbeat that can cause blood to pool in the heart’s upper chamber. By 2012, just two years after Pradaxa entered the market in the United States, more than 3.7 million U.S. patients had filled prescriptions for the blood thinner. Unfortunately, around that same time, Pradaxa treatment was blamed for more than 500 patient deaths. According to adverse event reports, using Pradaxa may result in an increased risk of the following side effects:
Atrial fibrillation affects more than two million Americans, and people with this condition have a nearly five-times increased risk of suffering a stroke than other people, which is why they are often prescribed blood thinners like Pradaxa. However, reports from healthcare professionals, federal regulators and respected medical journals indicate that the potential health risks of Pradaxa treatment may outweigh any possible benefits of the medication, and Pradaxa users who have suffered bleeding or other problems while taking the anticoagulant drug are advised to seek immediate medical attention to obtain an official diagnosis.
According to the Institute of Safe Medication Practices’ (ISMP) QuarterWatch report, the FDA received 817 reports of adverse events tied to Pradaxa therapy in 2011 alone. However, the incidence of uncontrollable bleeding and other complications from Pradaxa is believed to be underreported, and, according to additional reports from manufacturers, health professionals and medical databases, Pradaxa was associated with a total of 3,781 adverse events in 2011, 542 of which were fatal. When it comes to pursuing financial compensation for alleged Pradaxa side effects, it is imperative that you enlist the help of a qualified product liability lawyer, to improve your chances of winning your case.
Former Pradaxa users across the country are pursuing legal claims against Boehringer Ingelheim, and in May 2014, the pharmaceutical drug company settled more than 4,000 Pradaxa lawsuits for $650 million. If you or a loved one has suffered uncontrollable bleeding, heart attack, stroke, or another devastating side effect, and you believe Pradaxa treatment to be the cause, contact the Pradaxa litigation attorneys at the Monroe Law Group today to discuss your legal options. You may have grounds to file a Pradaxa lawsuit against Boehringer Ingelheim, in order to seek reimbursement for your medical expenses, loss of income, pain and suffering, and other related damages.
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