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What is Pradaxa?
Pradaxa (dabigatran etexilate) is used to prevent strokes and blood clots in patients with atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat). More than 2 million Americans have this condition which makes them prone to blood clots which can then travel to the brain causing a stroke. Pradaxa works by inhibiting an enzyme involved in blood clotting. We are handling Pradaxa lawsuits nationwide.
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FDA Warns of Risk
The FDA issed a Safety Alert on December 7, 2011 to announce that it would be conducting a safety review of reports of serious bleeding events associated with Pradaxa use. This was a little over a year after the FDA approved the drug. Serious bleeding is a known complication of all blood thinners and is warned about in the drug labels. The FDA will investigate to see if there are more serious bleeding events from Pradaxa than expected or other problems which should be warned about. The FDA also issues recommendations for patients taking Pradaxa and recommendations healthcare professionals prescribing Pradaxa.
More Dangerous than other Alternatives
Pradaxa is manufactured by the German-based pharmaceutical giant, Boehringer-Ingelheim. What this company did not use in its aggressive marketing campaign is the fact that, unlike Warfarin, severe bleeding caused by Pradaxa cannot be stopped by vitamin K injections. There is no antidote for Pradaxa bleeding.
As of November 6, 2011, the European Medicines Agency (equivalent of FDA in U.S.) was aware of 256 Pradaxa patients who suffered fatal bleeding. Japan’s Health Ministry notified the drug company that from March to August 2011, they were aware of 81 elderly Pradaxa patients experiencing severe hemorrhaging. In five of them, it was fatal. In the Fall of 2011, New Zealand officials reported 36 Pradaxa patients suffering severe internal bleeding and at least five others who died from the hemorrhaging.
Pradaxa Attorneys Can Help Answer Your Questions
If you or someone you know has suffered from internal bleeding, heart attack or other serious injury after taking Pradaxa, please contact our offices for a free case evaluation with one of our nationwide Pradaxa attorneys. Our toll-free number is (888) 470-9143.