Also known as dabigatran etexilate, Pradaxa is a prescription blood thinner that lowers the chances of blood clots, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, heart attack, and stroke. Unfortunately, this medication has recently been linked to fatal side effects that have led to a series of lawsuits against the drug. Our company is here to help the victims of Pradaxa complications get the compensation that they deserve.
History and Uses of Pradaxa
Pradaxa was approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2010 by manufacturer Boehringer Ingelheim as an alternative to warfarin, a blood thinner that has been used for more than a century. Pradaxa is a blood thinner that is used to treat atrial fibrillation in people who do not have heart disease but might still be at risk for heart attacks and stroke. It accomplishes this through inhibiting the thrombin in the blood, a clotting protein, as opposed to warfarin, which decreases the level of vitamin K in the bloodstream.
In addition to treating atrial fibrillation, Pradaxa can also be used to treat venous thrombosis after major knee or hip surgery. It has been known to help alleviate deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolisms in the lung. However, this use is typically used in Europe and other countries.
Dangerous Side Effects
Since 2012, Pradaxa has been linked to serious side effects and fatalities linked to complications with the medication. Like most other blood thinners, Pradaxa’s more common side effects include bruising or bleeding from minor cuts in addition to digestive issues. However, the medication has also been associated with much more serious side effects, as well, including heart attack, uncontrolled bleeding, hemorrhaging, liver failure, and death. In 2011, more than 540 people died as a result of using Pradaxa.
For the last three years, thousands of Pradaxa users that have suffered these serious side effects have filed state and federal product liability lawsuits against the manufacturer. Last May, Boehringer Ingelheim reached a settlement for all outstanding Pradaxa lawsuits in the United States, which total more than four thousand individual claims, offering more than $650 million to Pradaxa victims.
However, the company stated in its press release regarding the settlement that “We continue to stand resolutely behind Pradaxa and believed from the outset that the plaintiffs’ claims lacked any merit.” A contributing factor to the settlement offer was the company’s hesitance at allowing a jury of non-scientists to decide a potential billion-dollar litigation. The total amount that each victim of Pradaxa complications will receive has not yet been determined and will depend on the number of users that choose to participate in the settlement agreement.
Our Company Can Help
We understand how serious the potential side effects of a powerful drug like Pradaxa can be. If you have been injured by complications with this medication, our comprehensive service is here to help find you the best attorney for your needs. For a confidential and free review of your claims, call or contact our company today.