Approved by the United States Food & Drug Administration back in 2010, millions of individuals rely on the use of Pradaxa to prevent strokes. One of the most dangerous side effects of Pradaxa (dabigatran etexilate) is uncontrolled bleeding, which can be fatal. The risk of internal bleeding is an acknowledged risk with any blood thinner. However, in the case of Pradaxa, it is the leading cause of death.
People harmed by Pradaxa are taking legal action against the makers of this drug to get compensated for the side effects, pain and suffering from taking the drug Pradaxa. There are thousands who have filed lawsuits across the country.
Pradaxa was designed to be a substitute for another blood thinner called warfarin. The effects of warfarin can be quickly reversed by vitamin K, which counteracted the medication and allowed blood to clot. Unfortunately, this also meant that many patients were inadvertently consuming vitamin K and counteracting the effects of the prescription. Pradaxa was produced in response to this issue. In October 2015, an intravenous Pradaxa antidote called Praxbind was approved by the FDA. Unfortunately, many patients experienced severe bleeding because of Pradaxa prior to the development of the medication’s reversal mechanism.
Pradaxa was first prescribed to prevent blood clots in people with atrial fibrillation. While the anti-clotting action of Pradaxa can treat this condition, it can also lead to potentially fatal bleeding such as:
After only two years on the market, the anticoagulant drug Pradaxa had been linked to more than 500 deaths. By 2014, Bloomberg had reported that Pradaxa may be responsible for more than 1,400 deaths.
Normally when a person suffers an internal injury, the body stops the bleeding by forming a clot. By inhibiting a clotting enzyme called thrombin, Pradaxa reduces the body’s ability to form clots, in turn lessening the risk of stroke. While the drug is highly effective at stopping naturally occurring clots from forming, it also disables the body’s ability to stop bleeding after an injury. The same mechanism that makes Pradaxa so effective at reducing strokes is what may also cause hemorrhaging in people who take it.
Internal bleeding is the most frequently reported side effect of Pradaxa, and the risk of major gastrointestinal bleeding is higher for users of the drug. Bleeding can cause death, and hemorrhages in the brain and central nervous system caused by Pradaxa can be just as harmful as a stroke, which is what the drug is taken to prevent.
In April 2014, the FDA also approved Pradaxa for use in treating deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) in some circumstances. Pradaxa is also being used off-label at an increasing rate—which means doctors are prescribing the drug for uses other than those approved by the FDA. Published reports indicate that as of August 2011 – some 10 months since approval – there were 1.1 million Pradaxa prescriptions written for the 371,000 US patients were taking Pradaxa.
If you have also been harmed by Pradaxa, you should contact a dangerous drug attorney. You may be able to get compensated for:
You deserve to be heard, and your suffering should be recognized.
You may be able to take legal action if you were injured while using Pradaxa. Speak with a drug injury attorney from The Mulligan Law Firm about your potential claim as soon as possible in order to find out what your options are. We are a law firm with a national practice focused solely on drug and pharmaceutical injury cases. Our firm has the resources, skill, and experience necessary to fight aggressively for you and win.
It is a drug maker’s responsibility to perform thorough testing and notify the FDA and public of the full extent of a drug’s risks. When this does not happen, the individuals and families harmed should consider speaking with an attorney to understand their rights. In May 2014, Pradaxa’s manufacturer, Boehringer Ingelheim, announced a $650 million payout to victims of Pradaxa involved in an estimated 4,000 lawsuits.
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