After the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the blood thinning medication Pradaxa, doctors wrote thousands of prescriptions for the heavily marketed drug. Unfortunately, the drug was not as safe and effective as the marketing made it out to be. In 2011, over 540 patients lost their lives after using Pradaxa, and thousands more were injured.
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Symptoms of Pradaxa
Pradaxa belongs to a category of drugs intended to inhibit the enzyme in the blood which causes it to clot. It is promoted for the prevention of strokes among individuals with atrial fibrillation. However, the side effects of the drug can go too far and make it nearly impossible for the individual’s blood to clot when it needs to.
Symptoms of Pradaxa can include the following:
- Unusual Bruising or Bleeding
- Pink or Brown Urine (indicating blood)
- Red or Black Stool (indicating blood)
- Coughing Up Blood
- Vomiting Blood (resembles coffee grounds)
- Bleeding of the Gums
- Frequent Nose Bleeds
- Headaches, Dizziness, or Lethargy
- Swelling of the Arms, Hands, Feet, Ankles, or Lower Legs
Findings from studies on Pradaxa show that 16.6% of all Pradaxa users may experience some internal bleeding, 3.3% may experience serious bleeding, 1.5% may experience life-threatening effects, and .3% may experience brain hemorrhage.
Following the deaths of 540 patients and injuries of thousands more, lawsuits were filed against the drug’s manufacturer, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, claiming that the drug was misrepresented and inadequately labeled. In May 2014, Boehringer Ingelheim settled all 4,000 state and federal Pradaxa lawsuits with $650 million. However, the company still denied any wrongdoing.
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The side effects of Pradaxa can have devastating consequences, yet, it still has not been pulled from the market. If you or your loved ones have suffered from this drug’s harsh effects, call our Kansas City drug injury lawyers for skilled advice and aggressive legal representation. With over $500 million* obtained for our clients, you can trust that you are in good hands.