Orlando, FL (PRWEB) October 11, 2013
The prescription drug resource center DrugRisk.com is announcing new information on the site for patients taking the blood thinner Pradaxa. A recent court update shows the number of lawsuits alleging the drug caused internal bleeding injuries or death has risen nearly 30% in recent months*.
The DrugRisk center is provided as a free resource for patients taking popular prescription drugs. By learning the latest product recalls, safety alerts, research and litigation news, they can avoid dangerous drugs, see if others are experiencing similar side effects and decide if they need legal advice.
Pradaxa is a blood thinner approved by the FDA in 2010 as a stroke preventative for patients with atrial fibrillation. Experts disagree, however, about its risks for internal bleeding. The FDA has advised Pradaxa is no more dangerous than traditional blood thinner warfarin**.
Others, like the Institute for Safe Medication Practices, have warned that patients may be nearly 5 times as likely to die from Pradaxa bleeding than from bleeding with warfarin***. A study this year from the Netherlands also suggests patients taking newer blood thinners like Pradaxa may be 55% more likely to suffer internal bleeding****.
A growing number of patients have also filed a Pradaxa lawsuit alleging internal bleeding, leading to the consolidation of cases in a special federal multidistrict litigation court in Illinois. The case is formally known as MDL No. 2385, IN RE: Pradaxa Product Liability Litigation, Southern District of Illinois.
Now, DrugRisk has uncovered the latest court records, which show the number of cases filed has increased from 1,133 on July 10th to 1,470 by September 11th, a rise of nearly 30% in two months*.
Anyone affected by internal bleeding after taking Pradaxa is encouraged to visit DrugRisk.com or speak with a lawyer about their legal options. However, due to the specialized nature of federal drug injury cases, DrugRisk only recommends lawyers who have already handled Pradaxa lawsuits.
Visit http://www.DrugRisk.com today for more information on the research, side effects and litigation news related to Pradaxa and other drugs, or to speak with a lawyer.
*Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, 9/11/13; jpml.uscourts.gov/sites/jpml/files/Pending_MDL_Dockets_By_District-September-11-2013.pdf
**FDA, 11/2/12; http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm326580.htm
***Institute for Safe Medication Practices, 1/9/13; ismp.org/quarterwatch/pdfs/2012Q2.pdf
****Gastroenterology, July 2013; gastrojournal.org/article/S0016-5085(13)00290-4/fulltext