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Pradaxa Bleeding Lawsuits Mount

Filed November 6th, 2012 Laurie

In the two years since the blood-thinning drug, Pradaxa, has been on the market, more than 100 lawsuits have been filed in federal courts by patients who say it caused them harm.

Pradaxa found its way onto the market using an expedited process that allowed the U.S. Food & Drug Administration to pre-approve the drug without any pre-market testing because it was similar to other drugs that had already been approved, NewsInferno explained. While it may be true that Pradaxa is similar to its predecessor, warfarin (also known as Coumadin), Pradaxa lacks an antidote, making even a tiny cut deathly serious for many patients.

To date, Pradaxa has been responsible for over 500 deaths in the U.S. alone. Last month, an attorney for one of the plaintiffs revealed that 131 Pradaxa cases had been filed, so far, with 120 of those being filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. Thousands more lawsuits are expected to be filed. Plaintiffs in the cases allege that drug maker, Boehringer Ingelheim, failed to warn the public about the risks associated with Pradaxa, including traumatic bleeding and the lack of a bleeding antidote, said the ABA Journal.

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