Pradaxa is an anticoagulant designed to thin the blood of a patient as part of an overall proactive stroke prevention regimen. Pradaxa is prescribed for a specific group of individuals believed to be at an elevated stroke risk, according to its manufacturer, Boehringer Ingelheim. These individuals suffer from a heart rhythm abnormality called non-valvular atrial fibrillation or AF. According the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), this is the most common type of heart rhythm abnormality, resulting in the wide spread use of Pradaxa. If you would like to know more about Pradaxa lawsuits, simply fill out the form above to receive additional information on how to file your Pradaxa lawsuit today!
Pradaxa is fairly new on the market, introduced in 2010. During its first full year on the market, U.S. sales of Pradaxa topped $10 billion, following an intense, nearly $500 million advertising campaign primarily aimed at the general public as oppose to physicians and other healthcare providers, according to Boehringer Ingelheim.
Adverse Effects from Pradaxa
In the reports made to the FDA, Pradaxa has caused severe, life-threatening and even life-ending internal bleeding in men and women taking the medication precisely as prescribed. Even when the internal hemorrhaging is identified promptly and a patient is taken off Pradaxa, the bleeding does not always abate.
During the year following Pradaxa’s release onto the market, the FDA was notified of 542 deaths directly attributed to the prescribed use of Pradaxa. In addition, the FDA received reports of an additional 3,781 patients who experienced adverse effects while using the medication as prescribed, purportedly to reduce the risk of stroke.
Pradaxa Lawsuit – Symptoms of Internal Bleeding
The FDA approved warning associated with Pradaxa and used by the manufacturer, lists the the most common signs or symptoms of potential internal bleeding or hemorrhaging associated with the medication. The FDA warning signs are:
- External bleeding (through orifices like the mouth or nose)
- Bruising (not attributable to any external cause)
- Coughing up blood
- Brown or pink tint to urine
- Joint pain
- Joint swelling
- Vomiting (producing an expulsion with consistency of coffee grounds)
Alone, or in combination, a patient taking Pradaxa must seek prompt medical attention if these symptoms appear. A patient does not need to take the medication for an extended period of time before experiencing adverse side effects according to both the FDA and USA Today.
Additional Pradaxa Lawsuit Information
As a consequence of the adverse effects associated with taking Pradaxa as prescribed, a growing number of individuals are filing lawsuits against the drug’s maker, Boehringer Ingelheim. Although individual lawsuits differ, some recurring complaints are being made against the pharmaceutical company, according to the FDA.
These complaints, as itemized by the FDA, include: First, a contention that Boehringer Ingelheim utilized deceptive marketing practices in its multi-million dollar advertising and promotional campaign directed at the public at large. Second, individuals with claims against Boehringer Ingelheim contend that the company failed to properly and adequately warn consumers of the risks associated with taking Pradaxa. Finally, litigants maintain that Boehringer Ingelheim did not provide patients with appropriate treatment courses in the event severe internal bleeding occurred.
Pradaxa Lawsuit Attorneys
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries or death due to taking Pradaxa, you may be entitled to compensation. Our experienced Pradaxa lawyers can provide you with a Free Case Evaluation. We are currently handling Pradaxa cases throughout the United States. Fill out the free case evaluation form or call us at 888-584-0411 to speak with a pradaxa lawsuit professional.
Sources: USA Today