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Lower Rate of Intracranial Hemorrhages May Hurt Pradaxa Lawsuits?
By Scott Hardy
Pradaxa side effect lawsuits continue to be filed. A typical Pradaxa lawsuit alleges that the drug causes uncontrollable hemorrhages or internal bleeding. A recent study shows that while patients on Pradaxa may have major problems if they have a hemorrhage or internal bleeding Pradaxa may actually lower their chance of having a certain type of hemorrhage.
The study states that patients who took Pradaxa twice a day had lower rates of fatal and traumatic intracranial hemorrhage compared with patients who took the blood thinner warfarin (Coumadin.) Dr. John Smith who works for Boehringer Ingelheim, the manufacturer of Pradaxa, stated “Intracranial hemorrhage can be a devastating complication of anticoagulation and is responsible for the majority of disability and death from treatment-related bleeding.” Dr. Smith continued with “These data further our understanding of the risk profile of Pradaxa compared to warfarin, showing a lower rate of both fatal and traumatic ICH with Pradaxa 150 mg in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation, including those who were older.”
While interesting that Pradaxa may help some patients lower their chance of a massive hemorrhage the study doesn’t address what patients and their doctors should do if they experience this side effect of Pradaxa. That’s why patients are filing lawsuits alleging that Pradaxa has serious, and unadvertised, side effects which may kill. Pradaxa internal bleeding or hemorrhage lawsuits typically allege that Boehringer Ingelheim did not adequately inform patients and their prescribing doctors of the risks of uncontrollable bleeds associated with Pradaxa usage, nor did Boehringer Ingelheim warn or otherwise advise on how to intervene and stabilize a patient should a bleed occur during. Pradaxa internal bleeding lawsuits allege that the only way to medically control internal bleeding via medication is to flush the patient’s system of Pradaxa via dialysis which can take hours. While a patient is on dialysis they may bleed out and die or require multiple blood transfusions to survive.
Users of Pradaxa need to know the symptoms of internal bleeding. Pradaxa patients may be experiencing internal bleeding if they have pink or brown urine, red or black stools, bruises that happen without a known cause and may get larger, if they are coughing up blood or blood clots and/or vomiting blood or their vomit includes particles that look like coffee grounds. If you or a family member are taking, or were taking Pradaxa or a blood thinner medication, and experienced internal bleeding or hemorrhage, you may be able to file a lawsuit to help you pay for your expenses, pain and suffering, and recovery. You can read the about the Pradaxa intracranial hemorrhage study here.
If you would like more information about filing a Pradaxa internal bleeding class action lawsuit, would like to speak with experienced Pradaxa lawyers who are actively filing internal bleeding cases, or would like to file a Pradaxa internal bleeding lawsuit just go to the Pradaxa Internal Bleeding Class Action Lawsuit Investigation page. Pradaxa attorneys are actively investigating all claims regarding internal bleeding, hemorrhage and other problems which may have been caused by Pradaxa or warfarin. Remember, the Pradaxa lawyers who work with Top Class Actions will tell you if you have a case for free. There’s never any charge for an initial consultation with an attorney filing Pradaxa lawsuit you find through Top Class Actions.
Updated May 21st, 2012
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