Pradaxa Attorney

Camden, Sumter, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Columbia, Aiken SC.

Pradaxa is a blood thinning drug prescribed to prevent strokes among patients with an abnormal heart rhythm condition called atrial fibrillation. It is part of a class of drugs called "direct thrombin inhibitors" which prevent the enzyme responsible for blood clotting from performing this function. It received FDA approval in 2010 and has been prescribed to more than one million Americans in its first year on the market.

When Pradaxa was initially approved by the FDA, its approval was based on clinical trials which determined the drug had similar rates of serious bleeding events as alternative blood thinners such as warfarin. However, the FDA has recently began investigating reports of serious bleeding injuries associated with Pradaxa. Boehringer Ingelheim, the pharmaceutical company which makes Pradaxa, has reported 260 fatalities associated with bleeding injuries linked to Pradaxa.

Bleeding Risks Associated with Pradaxa

Other blood thinning drugs such as warfarin have reversal agents which inhibit the drug's anti-clotting effects in the event of a serious bleeding injury. Unfortunately, there is no reversal agent for Pradaxa and as a result, it is nearly impossible to stop serious bleeding in time to avoid a catastrophic injury or death. In order to remove Pradaxa from your body, it must be filtered through the kidneys. Without a suitable reversal agent, the only way for your body to regain its clotting abilities is to remove Pradaxa from your blood stream using dialysis. This process can take several hours to complete and will only remove approximately 60% of the drug from your system.

During the time it takes to perform dialysis, patients are likely to suffer permanent injuries or potentially bleed to death.

The risk of serious bleeding events associated with Pradaxa is alarming. A recent clinical study found that:

  • 16.4% of people taking Pradaxa experience internal hemorrhaging
  • 17.4% of Pradaxa users require medical attention to treat internal bleeding injuries
  • 3.3% of users develop major internal bleeding
  • 1.5% of users experience potentially-fatal hemorrhaging
  • 0.3% of users develop brain hemorrhaging

Due to the bleeding risks associated with Pradaxa, bleeding from trauma such as a car accident or a fall can turn what would normally be a minor injury into a life threatening event. People with the highest risk of developing uncontrollable bleeding after taking Pradaxa include:

  • Patients with kidney problems
  • Patients over the age of 75
  • Patients who also take other drugs which increase the risk of bleeding such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), aspirin, or other blood thinners
  • Patients with stomach bleeding or an ulcer

For additional information, please read our Pradaxa Questions page.

Pradaxa Bleeding Symptoms

You should contact your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following symptoms associated with Pradaxa bleeding injuries:

  • Coughing up or vomiting blood
  • Heavy menstrual bleeding
  • PInk or brown urine
  • Frequent nose bleeds
  • Unusual bruising or bleeding
  • Red or black stools
  • Weakness and swelling in the arms, hands, lower legs, ankles, or feet
  • Joint pain or swelling
  • Lethargy
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches

Pradaxa Injury Lawyers

If you have suffered from severe, uncontrollable bleeding associated with taking Pradaxa, or if a loved one has died from a bleeding injury after taking Pradaxa, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your damages. The attorneys at McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates have been fighting for the rights of pharmaceutical injury victims throughout South Carolina for more than three decades. We have the skills, experience, and resources necessary to take on the high-powered legal teams that represent pharmaceutical companies. Our attorneys are committed to holding drug manufacturers accountable for their negligent actions, and we will fight aggressively to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.

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