Please note: As of 2014, the pharmaceutical attorneys at Simmons Hanly Conroy are no longer accepting Pradaxa lawsuits. The following post is for informational purposes only.
The Pradaxa lawyers at Simmons Hanly Conroy are currently investigating incidents of death, bleeding and stroke in individuals who took the drug Pradaxa (dabigatran), a type of blood thinner prescribed to prevent strokes or serious blood clots in people diagnosed with non-valvular atrial fibrillation, the most common type of heart rhythm abnormality. If you or a loved one took Pradaxa and suffered one of these injuries, you may be able to file a Pradaxa lawsuit against the drug manufacturer, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals.
Pradaxa works by preventing clots from forming in the blood. But in Dec. 2011, U.S. regulators issued a safety announcement regarding the post-market reports of serious bleeding events with Pradaxa. The FDA is working to determine whether the reports of bleeding in patients taking Pradaxa are occurring with more frequency than would commonly be expected. More than 260 fatal bleeding incidents in patients taking Pradaxa have been confirmed by the drug’s manufacturer.
Pradaxa has been on the market since October 2010. Since that time, it has been associated with hundreds of reports of serious, disabling or fatal injuries. During the second 2011 quarter, it was linked to 177 patient deaths, according to the Institute for Safe Medication Practices.
FDA ISSUES PRADAXA WARNING
The FDA is working to determine whether the reports of bleeding in patients taking Pradaxa are occurring with more frequency that would commonly be expected.
The FDA has advised patients to continue taking their medication. If you have any unusual problems while taking Pradaxa, call your doctor. If you experience a serious side effect, you or your doctor may send a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online at http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch or by phone 1-800-332-1088.
PRADAXA’S SERIOUS SIDE EFFECTS
Pradaxa and its generic name Dabigatran may cause side effects, like stomach pain, heart burn or nausea. However, some side effects can be more serious.
- bleeding that lasts longer than normal
- unusual bruising or bleeding
- pink or brown urine
- red or black, tarry stools
- coughing up blood
- vomiting material that is bloody or looks like coffee grounds
- bleeding from the gums
- frequent nosebleeds
- heavy menstrual bleeding
- joint pain or swelling
- headache, dizziness or weakness
- itching, hives or rash
- difficulty breathing or swallowing
- swelling of the arms, hands, feet, ankles or lower legs
Shareholder Trent Miracle has national leadership experience in Pradaxa Products Liability Litigation.
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