Pradaxa Questions

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What is Pradaxa?

Pradaxa is a blood thinner used to prevent blood clots and stroke in patients with an irregular heart condition called atrial fibrillation. It is manufactured by Boehringer Ingelheim and received FDA approval in 2010. It is marketed as an alternative to other blood thinner drugs such as Coumadin (warfarin).

What are the harmful side effects associated with Pradaxa?

Pradaxa has been linked to an increased risk of life-threatening internal bleeding and excessive external bleeding. Currently, there are reports of 260 fatal bleeding events associated with Pradaxa. The main problem is that there is currently no reversal agent for Pradaxa that will restore your body's blood clotting function in the event that you suffer an injury resulting in bleeding. Without a reversal agent, patients are at serious risk of bleeding to death before Pradaxa can be sufficiently flushed from their system. Unfortunately, Boehringer Ingelheim failed to adequately warn doctors and patients that Pradaxa presents a greater risk of serious bleeding injuries than other blood thinning drugs. As a result, many patients have been placed in greater danger of suffering potentially fatal injuries.

Has there been a Pradaxa recall?

Currently, the FDA has not issued a recall of Pradaxa. In a recent Drug Safety Communication/Review of Pradaxa, the FDA has announced that they are "working to determine whether the reports of bleeding in patients taking Pradaxa are occurring more commonly than would be expected, based on observations in the large clinical trial that supported the approval of Pradaxa."

What should I do if I am still taking Pradaxa?

If you are currently taking Pradaxa, talk to your doctor to see if you are at risk of any kidney issues which may increase your likelihood of suffering severe bleeding events. You may also want to ask your doctor if there is an alternative blood thinning drug that may reduce your risk of bleeding injuries.

Seek immediate medical attention if you develop any of the following symptoms of bleeding injuries:

  • Frequent nose bleeds
  • Pink or brown urine
  • Red or black stools that look like tar
  • Coughing up blood
  • Vomiting blood or vomit that resembles coffee grounds
  • Unusual bruising or bleeding
  • Unusually heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Weakness and swelling in the hands, feet, arms, ankles, or lower legs
  • Joint pain or swelling
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Lethargy

What kind of damages can I expect to recover in a Pradaxa lawsuit?

If you have suffered a severe bleeding injury while taking Pradaxa, you may be entitled to recover compensation for the following damages:

  • Medical expenses
  • Medication costs
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering

If you have lost a loved one due to excessive bleeding while taking Pradaxa, you may be entitled to receive compensation for the above-mentioned damages as well as:

  • Funeral costs
  • Loss of inheritance
  • Loss of benefits
  • Lost future earnings

Please contact McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates today to schedule your free Pradaxa injury consultation. We serve clients in Camden, Sumter, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Columbia, and Aiken, South Carolina.