- Issue: Serious Bleeding Complications
Pradaxa Blood Thinner Side Effects
Lieff Cabraser represents patients in lawsuits across America who have experienced uncontrolled bleeding linked to Pradaxa. Pradaxa is the brand name for the drug Dabigatran. Pradaxa is an anticoagulant used to prevent the clots that can lead to strokes in people who have an irregular heartbeat (atrial fibrillation) not caused by valvular disease. Boehringer Ingelheim, the manufacturer of Pradaxa, received approval from the FDA in 2008 to market and sell Pradaxa in the U.S.
Unlike Coumadin, an anti-clotting drug approved over 50 years ago, Pradaxa does not require weekly blood testing. However, Pradaxa has several potentially life-threatening complications.
Pradaxa Bleeding and Safety Issues
1. Uncontrolled Bleeding: It is believed that the tartaric acid, which is found within Pradaxa, can irritate the gastrointestinal (GI) tract (the stomach and intestines) and cause bleeding.
The symptoms of GI disturbances are common medical conditions that often include stomach pain, heartburn, diarrhea, constipation, nausea and vomiting. Even patients with minor indigestion are times more likely to experience bleeding when taking Pradaxa, which can lead to major bleeding in the GI tract. There have also been reports of fatal bleeding injuries in the brain for patients prescribed Pradaxa.
2. No Ability to Reverse Pradaxa's Blood Thinning: While Coumadin is less convenient, it can be reversed in the case of over-dose.
With Pradaxa, in the event of an over-dose or other serious complications, there are no antidotes. Only emergency dialysis and/or time can reduce the concentration of Pradaxa in the patient's blood. If a Pradaxa patient has an emergency bleeding event - such as from a severe injury or major brain or GI tract bleeding - dialysis may not be an option because of the immediate nature of bleeding injuries.
The law in most states provides several personal injury claims for persons who have been seriously injured by a prescription drug. These claims include strict liability for a defective product, breach of warranty, negligence, and misrepresentation. In lawsuits against Boehringer Ingelheim, the complaints have charged that the company failed to adequately warn physicians and patients of the inability to reverse Pradaxa's thinning of the blood.
Damages sought against pharmaceutical companies for dangerous drug side effects and injuries include:
- Physical pain and suffering, mental anguish and physical impairment;
- Medical expenses, past and future; and
- Loss of earnings and/or earning capacity.
- In the case of a patient's death, the family of the victim may file a wrongful death action and seek damages.
Contact Lieff Cabraser
If you or a family member have taken Pradaxa and suffered a bleeding injury, please use the form below to contact Lieff Cabraser for a prompt and confidential evaluation of your case. There is no charge or obligation to review your case. Or call us toll-free at 1.800.541.7358 and ask to speak to attorney Wendy R. Fleishman.
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