The drug Pradaxa is an anticoagulant which is used to treat patients with an irregular heartbeat or atrial fibrillation. Although the drug’s manufacturer says that its product is safe for patients, it has admitted that the drug can cause serious bleeding and lead to death. On July 26, 2012, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) will hear oral arguments on a motion filed requesting that all cases in which victims have claimed that the drug Pradaxa has caused them to suffer from serious side effects or injuries, to be moved to one central federal court. The motion which was filed on May 30, 2012, is the result of hundreds of victims across the U.S. who claim that the drug has caused them to sustain various personal injuries, including heart attacks, strokes, and death. There are an estimated 500 Pradaxa lawsuits which will be filed against the drug’s manufacturer, Boheringer Ingelheim.
In October 2010, Boheringer Ingelheim began marketing the drug in the U.S. and in December 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning to patients saying that it would investigate further the safety of the drug after it received an unexpected increase in in the number of injuries and deaths victims suffered due to taking the drug. Also, in 2011, the drug has been reported to be the leading source of all medications for the number of deaths and bleeding in which the FDA has received, according to the Institute for Safe Medication Practices.
If you or a family member has suffered serious side effects after taking the drug Pradaxa, you should consult with one of the Pradaxa attorneys listed on our website. These attorneys are representing victims across the country and have concentrated their practices in this area of law, including the representation of litigants in a class action or multidistrict lawsuit. Of course, whether or not joining as a participant of a class action or multidistrict lawsuit will be in your best interest will need to be discussed with an attorney because both procedures effects your legal rights.
Patients are urged to contact their physician immediately if they experience any of the following common side effects after taking the drug:
- Pink or brown urine
- Coughing up of blood
- Feelings of dizziness or weakness
- Unusual or Unexpected bruises
- Prolonged bleeding
- Unexpected or severe bleeding
- Unexpected pain, swelling or joint pain
Despite these being the most common side effects which victims have experienced, you should consult with your doctor for any side effects in which you believe that was caused by taking Pradaxa. Also, a consultation with a Pradaxa lawsuits attorney, such as the ones listed here on our site, will help you learn more about your legal options and the possibility of suing the manufacturer to recover monetary compensation for your injuries.
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