What is Pradaxa?
Pradaxa® is the name under which Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. markets a prescription anticoagulant medication generically called dabigatran.
Pradaxa is a blood-thinning drug used to reduce the risk of ischemic stroke and blood clots in people with atrial fibrillation not caused by a heart valve problem. Since coming on the market in October 2010 the FDA has received numerous Adverse Event Reports involving the following Pradaxa side effects:
- Serious bleeding side effects
such as gastrointestinal (GI) bleeds and rectal bleeding
- Irreversible life-threatening bleeding events
- Trauma-induced atypical bleeding incidents due to lack of effective reversal agent
- Hemorrhages such as brain hemorrhage, intracranial hemorrhage, and hemorrhagic stroke
- Thromboembolic complications such as cerebrovascular accident (CVA)
- Death as a result of excessive bleeding
Symptoms of these major bleeding complications include:
Coughing up blood
We point out that these two important facts:
- Pradaxa is associated with an increase in the rate of major gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding despite the lower rates of bleeding at other sites; and,
- A trend of higher bleeding risk was seen with advancing age.
In addition, some medical studies have associated Pradaxa with an increased risk of:
- Heart attack
- Myocardial infarction (MI)
- Acute coronary syndrome (ACS)
- Cardiac bleeds
We are handling personal injury and wrongful death Pradaxa lawsuits involving these serious side effects.
If you need more information or have a possible case, feel free to contact us: 800-426-9535.
All content by attorney Tom Lamb
Recent Pradaxa Case Evaluations
Pradaxa - Gastrointestinal (GI) Bleed - 74 yr old man (7956)
Pradaxa - Gastrointestinal (GI) Bleed; Massive Bleeding - Death - 24 yr old man (7488)
Pradaxa - Intracranial Hemorrhage - Death - 86 yr old man (7348)
Pradaxa - Serious Bleeding - 62 yr old woman (7136)
Pradaxa - Serious Bleeding within the Pericardium (sack that surrounds heart) and Abdomen - 89 yr old woman (7119)
Pradaxa - Serious Bleeding within the Pericardium (sack that surrounds heart) - 75 yr old man (7097)
Pradaxa - Serious Bleeding Event - 85 yr old woman - almost fatal occurence; in hospital for 2 weeks, followed by 7 weeks in nursing facility (7038)
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Pradaxa Class Actions vs. Individual Lawsuits
We believe that people who suffered a serious injury or death due to their use of Pradaxa capsules are better served when an individual lawsuit is filed on their behalf. A serious injury or death case should not be filed as part of any Pradaxa class actions together with the claims of many other people who may have had different injuries caused by these birth control pills.
Legal Compensation for Pradaxa Side Effects
If you experienced serious side effects from the use of Pradaxa, or a person died due to an adverse reaction while taking Pradaxa, you may have a claim for legal compensation. Such claims involving a serious injury or death caused by the use of Pradaxa are made by filing a lawsuit in court. All states have statutes of limitations that determine the deadlines by which to file lawsuits involving Pradaxa side effects.
Pradaxa Medical Information
Pradaxa label change: This January 17, 2012 FDA approval letter shows the revisions being made to current Pradaxa Prescribing Information -- also referred to as the package insert or the label.
The "FDA Drug Safety Communication: Safety review of post-market reports of serious bleeding events with the anticoagulant Pradaxa (dabigatran etexilate mesylate)" issued December 7, 2011 by the FDA about their current evaluation concerning the safety of Pradaxa.
The so-called "Dear Doctor" letter sent to healthcare professionals in the United Kingdom (UK) on October 27, 2011 to inform them of new recommendations to assess renal function:
Direct Healthcare Professional Communication on the importance of assessing renal function in patients treated with ▼Pradaxa® (dabigatran etexilate).
The Pradaxa Gastrointestinal (GI) Bleeding Debate Continues: Is There An Increased Risk Or A Risk Reduction With Pradaxa Use?
A Medical Journal Article About New Meta-Analysis Of Four Pradaxa Trials Shows More GI Bleeds With "New" Blood Thinner Pradaxa Vs. "Old" Warfarin Treatment
SUMMARY: We continue to monitor the medical journals for developments as regards the association between Pradaxa and gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding events, some of which have caused patient deaths.
A report published online in November 2013 by the medical journal JAMA: Internal Medicine, "A comparison of results of the US Food and Drug Administration's Mini-Sentinel Program with randomized clinical trials: The case of gastrointestinal tract bleeding with dabigatran", raises more drug-safety issues for the still relatively new blood thinner Pradaxa, from Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals.
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Earlier Pradaxa articles by Tom Lamb on the Drug Injury Watch blog:
Pradaxa Adverse Drug Events (ADEs) Result In Death More Often Than Other Anticoagululants / Blood Thinners ADE Reports
Pradaxa: February 2013 Update: Federal Court MDL Litigation Now Involves About 200 Lawsuits
December 2012 Pradaxa Label Change: Contraindication: Use By Mechanical Heart Valves Patients
December 2012 Pradaxa Update: Prescription / Sales Numbers And Drug Company Safety Study Results
Pradaxa Safety Debate Continues During November 2012 With Many Different Conclusions And Positions
Fall 2012: Two Recent Medical Reports Regarding Safety Of Pradaxa, Boehringer Ingelheim's Anticoagulation Drug
Increasing Number Of Pradaxa Lawsuits Against Boehringer Are Consolidated In Federal Court MDL
Pradaxa Side Effects Update Mid-2012: Deaths, Hemorrhages, Acute Renal Failure, and Stroke Events Submitted To FDA MedWatch
Safety Developments Regarding Pradaxa: Boehringer Starts Drug Registry; EMA Wants Label Change; Study Compares Pradaxa Use To Coumadin As Regards Side Effects
Pradaxa Noted For Possible Heart Attack Risk In Addition To Serious Gastrointestinal Bleeding And Other Hemorrhages
Pradaxa Hemorrhage Cases May Occur In Oldest Patients Due To Age-Related Decline In Renal Function
Pradaxa: 2012 Label Revisions In The U.S. And Canada, Where A "Dear Doctor" Letter Was Sent Out
Pradaxa Bleeding Events: Four Major Factors Which Contributed To These Serious Side Effects
Pradaxa: Excess Number Of Severe Bleeding Events In Certain Patient Populations And Settings
Safety Profile Of New Stroke Drug Pradaxa Has Been Tarnished By Various Adverse Event Reports
Pradaxa: FDA Investigating Possible Higher Than Expected Incident Rate Of Serious Bleeding Side Effects
New Heart Drug Pradaxa May Be Sending "Early" Drug Safety Signals
All content by attorney Tom Lamb