Pradaxa is a prescription medication that can thin the blood. It may reduce the risk of blood clots and stroke in patients suffering from a certain type of heart rhythm disorder known as atrial fibrillation. The active ingredient in Pradaxa is dabigatran etexilate mesylate, which works by keeping blood platelets from coagulating.
If a doctor prescribed Pradaxa and you suffered damages because of it, then Cordisco & Saile LLC can help you take legal action. Call us at 215-642-2335 to discuss your case.
Pradaxa May Cause Uncontrolled Bleeding
Pradaxa has certain risks associated with it, and patients should be aware of them. According to an August 2014 The New York Times article, there have been thousands of serious bleeding episodes linked to the drug. The drug manufacturer has paid more than $650 million in claims to injured patients. The article states that all blood thinners, Pradaxa included, carry a risk of uncontrollable internal bleeding.
Excessive bleeding isn’t only internal. In the event of an injury, the body's natural clotting ability works to stops bleeding. But blood thinners reduce clotting ability, and bleeding may continue uncontrolled. Patients may counter effects of some blood thinners like warfarin by taking vitamin K. But there isn't a countermeasure to counteract the blood-thinning effects of Pradaxa.
Who is most at risk?
According to Pradaxa’s prescription guide, those who are most at risk of experiencing adverse events are those who meet one of the criteria below.
- Patients who are age 75 or older
- Patients with kidney problems
- Patients with stomach or intestinal bleeding
- Patients with stomach ulcers
- Patients who take other medicines that may increase the risk of bleeding, such as aspirin
- Patients who take dronedarone or ketoconazole tablets
Below are some bleeding symptoms of which patients who take Pradaxa should be aware.
- Unexpected bruising
- Severe or uncontrollable bleeding
- Coughing or vomiting blood
- Vomit resembling coffee grounds
- Swelling or joint pain
- Dizziness or weakness
Keep in mind, though, that discontinuation of Pradaxa in patients who do not have adequate alternative anticoagulation could increase the risk of stroke. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued this warning in an April 2013 safety release.
Damages Recoverable in a Defective Drug Lawsuit
If you or a loved one suffered significant harm because of the blood thinner Pradaxa, you may be able to file a lawsuit for damages against Pradaxa’s manufacturer, Boehringer Ingelheim. In some cases, you may be able to hold the doctor who prescribed Pradaxa liable for negligence if he or she prescribed it, despite risk factors for uncontrollable bleeding. Other parties may be liable as well, so review this with your lawyer.
If your claim is successful, you may be able to recover damages for the harm that you suffered like medical bills, lost wages, or pain and suffering. If a loved one died, you may be able to recover related damages like burial and funeral expenses, loss of companionship, loss of wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and more. In Pennsylvania, you must file a dangerous drug personal injury and/or wrongful death claim within two years of the injury or death.
Stand Up for Your Rights Today – Call Cordisco & Saile LLC
If you believe you have a valid case involving Pradaxa and bleeding, exercise your legal rights. If you’re ready to get started, the first step is hiring an attorney familiar with dangerous drug lawsuits. At Cordisco & Saile LLC, we provide our clients with the legal services, support and guidance they need to pursue damages. To start filing a claim today, call us now at 215-642-2335 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.