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Pradaxa Death Highlights Concerns Raised in Pradaxa Bleeding Lawsuits
By Kimberly Mirando
The recent death of an elderly man from a massive brain hemorrhage following a routine fall has magnified Pradaxa bleeding concerns raised in hundreds of lawsuits. The man's death is just another reminder that bleeding complications from Boehringer Ingelheim's Pradaxa blood thinner are largely irreversible, resulting in at least 260 documented cases of Pradaxa bleeding deaths.
Pradaxa was approved by U.S. regulators in October 2010 for stroke prevention in patients with atrial fibrillation, and was meant to replace warfarin -- a longtime blood clot preventer that carries serious bleeding risks and requires routine blood monitoring and strict dietary restrictions. The problem, Plaintiffs claim in Pradaxa lawsuits, is that Pradaxa does not have a reversal agent in the event of a catastrophic hemorrhage. This has exposed thousands of patients across the country to potentially deadly Pradaxa bleeding risks. As a result, hundreds of Pradaxa bleeding lawsuits have been filed against Boehringer Ingelheim for failing to warn doctors and their patients that there is no way to reverse the blood-thinning effects of Pradaxa should excessive or severe bleeding occur. Many Plaintiffs claim they never would have taken the medication had he known the risk of irreversible Pradaxa bleeding and other Pradaxa side effects.
Pradaxa Death Highlights Concerns Raised in Lawsuits
The latest Pradaxa death magnifies concerns raised in hundreds of Pradaxa bleeding lawsuits filed across the country. Pradaxa was connected to more deaths in 2011 than any other legal drug, and patients who suffered Pradaxa side effects want Boehringer Ingelheim held liable for their medical expenses.
Pradaxa users have filed lawsuits alleging that the anticoagulant drug has severe undisclosed side effects which have killed patients. Pradaxa internal bleeding, wrongful death, or hemorrhage lawsuits typically allege that Boehringer Ingelheim did not adequately inform patients and their prescribing doctors of the risks of uncontrollable internal bleeding and hemorrhage associated with Pradaxa usage, nor did Boehringer Ingelheim warn or otherwise advise on how to intervene and stabilize a Pradaxa patient should a bleed occur after an accident or during surgery. Boehringer Ingelheim has stated that they are working on an antidote or treatment to help doctors when a Pradaxa patient is admitted with hemorrhage or severe internal bleeding, but this does not protect patients currently using the blood thinner. That's why it's imperative that users know the signs of Pradaxa internal bleeding.
Pradaxa Internal Bleeding Signs
It's important that Pradaxa patients know the preliminary signs of internal bleeding. Common internal bleeding symptoms include pink or brown urine, red or black stools, bruises that happen without a known cause and may get larger, coughing up blood or blood clots and/or vomiting blood or vomit which includes particles that look like coffee grounds. If you or a family member are taking, or were taking Pradaxa and experienced internal bleeding or hemorrhage, you may be able to file a Pradaxa lawsuit to help you pay for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, and recovery. Only a qualified Pradaxa hemorrhage or internal bleeding lawsuit lawyer can determine if you have a case. In addition, the spouse of a Pradaxa victim of internal bleeding or hemorrhage may be able to join the lawsuit as a co-plaintiff and sue for "loss of consortium."
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 hemorrhage personal injury lawsuit just go to the Pradaxa Internal Bleeding Class Action Lawsuit Investigation page. Pradaxa attorneys are actively investigating all claims regarding internal bleeding, wrongful death, hemorrhage and other problems which may have been caused by Pradaxa (dabigatran), warfarin (coumadin), blood thinner or other anti-coagulant medications. 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 a Pradaxa lawsuit that you find through Top Class Actions. They don't get paid unless you do.
Updated July 13th, 2012
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