Pradaxa Death Lawsuits
Despite being on the market a relatively short time, the blood thinning medication Pradaxa has generated considerable criticism for allegedly causing fatal levels of internal blood loss. While bleeding is a widely recognized side effect of blood thinning medications, the amount of blood loss reportedly associated with Pradaxa may exceed that of competing blood thinners and may be substantial enough to cause death from recommended dosages. According to a report by Bloomberg News, Pradaxa manufacturer Boehringer Ingelheim said it was aware of 260 deaths related to severe bleeding episodes since the drug gained FDA approval in 2010. The FDA is currently investigating reports of bleeding events to find out if the frequency of this side effect is higher than expected among patients taking blood thinners.
If a loved one has passed due to Pradaxa, you may be entitled to recover certain damages for your loss. Simply fill out a free, no-risk case evaluation form to learn if you have legal recourse through a lawsuit.
Potential Side Effects
Since it gained FDA approval in 2010, Pradaxa has been prescribed to approximately 371,000 patients. Worldwide, approximately 260 have died allegedly from complications related to the drug. The FDA is currently investigating reports of fatal bleeding in Pradaxa patients. As stated in the FDA’s announcement, “The FDA is 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.”
Persons taking this blood thinner should be aware of the side effects of potentially fatal bleeding. Some of the signs include:
- Coughing up blood
- Joint Pain
- Red or Black Stools
- Uncontrollable, severe bleeding
- Urine that is pink or brown
- Vomiting that looks like coffee grounds
- Vomiting blood
If you recognize any of these bleeding symptoms, you are advised to seek medical attention immediately.
How to Seek Compensation
Although the dangers of Pradaxa are still being investigated, legal recourse may be available to the families and beneficiaries of those who have lost their lives after experiencing a serious bleeding event. If a loved one has passed due to the side effects of Pradaxa, you may be entitled to compensation for your loss. To find out if you qualify for damages for your claim, simply fill out a free, no-obligation case review form and get in touch with a lawyer today.