Pradaxa

FDA WARNS OF PRADAXA (Dabigatran) SIDE EFFECTS

Pradaxa (generic name dabigatran) is a prescription blood thinner (also known as an anticoagulant) created by the pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc.  Pradaxa was approved by the FDA in 2010 to help prevent strokes or serious blood clots in patients who have abnormal heart rhythm (atrial fibrillation).  Atrial fibrillation is when an irregular heart beat increases the chance of blood clots, which could lead to a stroke.  Essentially, Pradaxa works by preventing blood clots to form within the body.

 A recent study published in January 2012 has raised concerns about the safety of Pradaxa.  According to an analysis by two Cleveland Clinic researchers published online in the Archives of Internal Medicine, Pradaxa increased the risk of a heart attack and a condition known as acute coronary syndrome by 33%.  Cleveland Clinic researchers Ken Uchino, MD, and Adrian V. Hernandez, MD, PHD, studied seven clinical trials that enrolled 30,514 patients and found that patients who took Pradaxa have a 33% higher risk of having a heart attack or severe symptoms of heart disease than patients taking another blood thinner called warfarin

The FDA is currently investigating a large number of adverse event reports of serious bleeding linked to Pradaxa.  In fact, Japan and Australia have already issued safety warnings relating to Pradaxa, and the European Medicines Agency advises doctors to check a patient’s kidney function prior to prescribing Pradaxa.

When patients are injured by Pradaxa, a Pradaxa attorney should be called immediately to discuss your potential claim against Boehringer. Call the law firm of Kogan & Associates today at 800-876-2303 to speak with a Pradaxa attorney.  

 

According to recent disclosures by Boehringer, several hundred patients have already died due to internal bleeding side effects while taking Pradaxa in the last two years.  Though it is used as an anti-coagulant, deaths caused by Pradaxa have been associated with internal bleeding.  As a result, a few Pradaxa lawsuits have been filed that seek compensation for individuals suffering from  Pradaxa side effects.

If you or someone you love has suffered a Pradaxa side effect, call our Pradaxa lawyers today to discuss potential compensation to which you may be entitled.  Call us directly at 800-876-2303.

Pradaxa was developed by Boehringer Ingelheim as an alternative to similar drugs such as warfarin because it requires less monitoring.  However, in addition to internal bleeding, another risk-factor of using Pradaxa is that it has no antidote. With Warfarin, a physician can reverse its effects by administering a simple dose of Vitamin K,  however, there is no such safety mechanism with Pradaxa.

Call Kogan & Associates to discuss a potential Pradaxa lawsuit at 800-876-2303.