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Three more Pradaxa lawsuits filed by victims who suffered severe bleeding, one death

Filed April 2nd, 2012 Laurie

Another three lawsuits have been filed against the makers of Pradaxa and at least one claims the blood-thinner drug is responsible for wrongful death due to serious bleeding.

According to a press release announcing the latest three federal lawsuits claiming Pradaxa injuries or death, a Tennessee woman’s death is being attributed to a severe bleeding episode blamed on the relatively new drug used in the prevention of stroke, heart attack, or sudden death caused by these conditions. The other two lawsuits were filed in federal courts in Kentucky and Louisiana. These actions mirror those of a growing number of people around the world attributing Pradaxa with severe bleeding episodes they or a loved one has suffered.

Pradaxa prescriptions are on the rise as it becomes a mainstream alternative to the ages-old drug warfarin, prescribed for similar maladies. In just its first two years on the market though, Pradaxa users have reported an unusually high number of serious or severe side effects, namely these severe bleeding episodes that can include gastrointestinal bleeding or brain hemorrhaging.

Severe bleeding among people taking Pradaxa has been reported even after otherwise common incidents like minor falls. In a recent report we noted the death of a man who suffered a fall, visited an emergency room suffering from only minor bleeding on his brain and in just six hours had died when the bleeding spread to half his brain.

The makers of Pradaxa, Boehringer Ingelheim, have acknowledged that several hundred people have died during early testing of the drug but has not indicated whether this rate of death is expected or above what initially thought.

Late last year, the Food and Drug Administration ordered the safety labels of Pradaxa include a warning about an increased risk of severe bleeding episodes but also stated that the drug’s benefits to patients at risk of stroke or blood clots due to atrial fibrillation outweighed its risks.

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