The FDA recently conducted a study regarding the safety of the blood thinner Pradaxa.  The FDA found that Pradaxa has similar health risks when compared to other blood thinners.  However, according to a recent article, the FDA’s findings may be flawed.  For example, Pradaxa is accompanied by severe side effects and has caused more than 500 deaths.  Moreover, according to SFGate, USA Today reported that “the FDA received 3,781 reports of side effects and 542 deaths among Pradaxa users last year, leading all other medications in 2011.”  Furthermore the Institute for Safe Medicine Practices recently reported that Pradaxa has contributed to the 37% increase in prescription drug complaints to the FDA in recent years.

The makers of Pradaxa may have cause for concern.  Judge David Herndon has issued an order to those injured by Pradaxa to proceed with lawsuits against the German drug manufacturer.   Several news outlets claim, “due to the number of Pradaxa lawsuits expected, a central court was recently established in Illinois to handle the claims.”  The case is known as Pradaxa Product Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2385).

What is Pradaxa?

Pradaxa is a prescription medicine manufactured by Boehringer Ingelheim Inc.  It is a blood thinner prescribed to reduce the risk of stroke and blood clots.

Common Side Effects of Pradaxa

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Pink or brown urine
  • Lethargy
  • Bruising
  • Bleeding gums
  • Nosebleeds
  • Coughing up blood
  • Hemorrhaging
  • Internal bleeding
  • Death

If you or a loved one has suffered side effects from taking Pradaxa, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. To learn more about Pradaxa, visit our Frequently Asked Question’s page.