As a Miami drug lawyer, I am often asked, “Do I have a Pradaxa claim?” In order to answer that, we have to first obtain and analyze medical, pharmacy and autopsy records. Our office utilizes skilled pharmacology and pathology experts to help prove the association between taking Pradaxa and bleeding injuries.
Boehringer Ingelheim, one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, makes Pradaxa. They market Pradaxa as a better alternative to Coumodin because it requires less frequent blood testing and does not interact with other medications. In its first year of sales, Pradaxa captured 28% of the market.
The FDA approved Pradaxa for use by patients with Atrial fibrillation to prevent strokes. The approval was expedited via the FDA’s Fast Track Program. The FDA’s Fast Track Program approves medications before clinical testing is completed. This process is supposed to be used only when a potential new medication fulfills a compelling medical need. Fast Tracking approval for a drug can save lives, but can also be very dangerous.
There have been over 3,781 reported adverse reactions, including 542 deaths and 2,367 bleeding injuries associated with Pradaxa. Patients over 80 are at the highest risk for injury and death because Pradaxa, unlike Coumodin, has no known antidote to stop a patient from bleeding.
Our Pradaxa compensation claims lawyers are currently investigating a number of claims by people who have taken Pradaxa and suffered bleeding injuries and death. Due to the number of Pradaxa claims already filed, a centralized claims court has been established. The case is referenced as MDL No. 2385, IN RE: Pradaxa Product Liability Litigation, Southern District of Illinois. Judge Herndon has been assigned to oversee the lawsuits. Millions of pages of documents and medical records have already been filed with the court. The first Pradaxa bellweather trials are scheduled to begin in 2014.
Our blood thinning medication claims lawyers urge anyone who has been injured by taking Pradaxa to consult with a experienced pharmaceutical injury attorney regarding your potential right to receive compensation.