Pradaxa – Blood Thinner Lawsuit
Millions of people have been prescribed the blood thinner Pradaxa since it was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2010. Unfortunately, thousands of people have suffered serious side effects from the drug and hundreds have died. The national law firm of Baron & Budd may be able to help if you or someone close to you has been harmed after using the medication.
Dangers of Pradaxa
There are certain risks involved with taking any sort of blood thinner. For instance, a patient may bleed profusely from a minor cut or may experience significant bruising. Someone taking a blood thinner must alert any medical provider before undergoing any sort of medical procedure to reduce the risk of serious complications from excessive bleeding.
The biggest danger presented by Pradaxa, and the other so-called “new generation” blood thinners, is that unlike Warfarin, there is no available antidote should an excessive bleeding event occur. A patient taking Warfarin can receive high doses of vitamin K in order to stop bleeding, but this option is not available for Pradaxa patients. As a result, hundreds of people have died.
How Pradaxa Works
Pradaxa is manufactured by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, which is based in Germany. The drug is designed to reduce the risk of blood clots and strokes in patients who have atrial fibrillation (an irregular heartbeat). It is marketed as an alternative to Warfarin, a blood thinner that has been on the market since the 1950s. While patients taking Warfarin have to undergo continual monitoring, this is not the case with Pradaxa.
Pradaxa works by inhibiting a clotting protein known as thrombin, while Warfarin thins a patient’s blood by inhibiting vitamin K, which is part of the chemical reaction in the body that aids in the formation of blood clots. Pradaxa comes in 75 mg and 150 mg capsules, and most patients take a 150 mg capsule twice a day. People who have kidney problems typically take the lower dose.
A Fatal Flaw
The number of injuries and deaths associated with Pradaxa was covered extensively in a November 3, 2012 article in the New York Times. According to the article, Pradaxa had been linked to more than 500 deaths in the U.S. at the time of publication, and many in the medical community were voicing complaints about the drug. The article detailed the story of a man in his 70s who had fallen at home and was rushed to the hospital. He was talking and alert when he arrived, but bled to death despite doctors’ feverish efforts to save him.
The newspaper also reported that according to the Institute for Safe Medication Practices, there were more reports of fatalities and injuries linked to Pradaxa than any of the more than 800 drugs the nonprofit organization monitored.
Filing a Pradaxa Lawsuit
As the result of the thousands of lives adversely affected by Pradaxa, approximately 4,000 Pradaxa lawsuits were filed against Boehringer Ingelheim. A large number of these suits were consolidated into a multidistrict litigation, known as an MDL, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. However, the manufacturer decided to pay $650 million to settle the suits.
There are many reasons that people file Pradaxa lawsuits. Some want to obtain compensation for lost wages and medical bills due to health issues caused by the drug. Others simply want to make sure Boehringer Ingelheim is held accountable for bringing a potentially dangerous drug to the market.
Plaintiffs in Pradaxa lawsuits are making several different claims against the drug maker. For example, they allege the company willfully put the public in danger by engaging in deceptive marketing practices. They allege Boehringer Ingelheim claimed the drug is not only more convenient than Warfarin, but also safer. However, many studies have shown that Pradaxa presents the same risk of excessive bleeding events as Warfarin – in some instances, the risk is higher.
Other claims allege Boehringer Ingelheim failed to properly warn patients and doctors about the risk of excessive bleeding events, and also failed to establish effective treatment protocols for patients who take the drug and experience uncontrolled bleeding.
How Baron & Budd Can Help
You may have legal options if you or someone you love suffered harm after using Pradaxa. Click here to contact Baron & Budd online or call 866-795-8339. We will provide you clear, detailed information and let you know if you are eligible to file a Pradaxa lawsuit.