Chicago, IL (PRWEB) March 05, 2014
The prescription drug safety center DrugNews.net is announcing new information on the site for patients taking the blood thinner Pradaxa. A new report shows a research institute responsible for testing the drug prior to FDA approval has been named in lawsuits alleging it caused internal bleeding*.
DrugNews is a free resource for patients taking popular prescription drugs, providing the latest recalls, safety alerts, research and litigation news. Visitors can see if others are experiencing similar side effects, avoid potential dangers and decide if they need legal advice.
The blood thinner Pradaxa is prescribed to prevent blood clots and strokes in patients with atrial fibrillation. Experts disagree, however, whether it increases risks of internal bleeding.
The resource center has added a study suggesting patients taking newer blood thinners like dabigatran may be 55% more likely to suffer internal bleeding**.The Institute for Safe Medication Practices also advised internal bleeding from Pradaxa could be 5 times as likely to be fatal***. Recently, the FDA announced it would conduct a new study into Pradaxa bleeding risks****.
So far, 2,139 families have filed a Pradaxa lawsuit alleging internal bleeding, leading to the consolidation of cases in a special federal Pradaxa multidistrict litigation court*****. The case is formally known as MDL No. 2385, IN RE: Pradaxa Product Liability Litigation, Southern District of Illinois.
Now, DrugNews has learned Population Health Research Institute, who conducted the trial used for Pradaxa’s FDA approval, has also been named in the claims*. It is alleged that PHRI failed to properly conduct the trial, maintain data or report serious adverse events*.
Anyone affected by internal bleeding after taking Pradaxa is encouraged to visit DrugNews.net or speak with a lawyer about their legal options. Due to the specialized nature of federal drug injury cases, DrugNews only recommends lawyers who have already handled Pradaxa lawsuits.
Visit http://www.DrugNews.net today for more information on the research, side effects and litigation news related to Pradaxa and other drugs, or to speak with a lawyer.
*The Spectator, 2/15/14; thespec.com/news-story/4369907-trial-and-errors-mac-hhs-sued-over-drug-safety/; Suzanne Mackiewicz, on behalf of the Estate of Malachy Higgins, deceased, and Suzanne Mackiewicz, Individually v. Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., et al, Case No.: 3:13-cv-50167- DRH-SCW (Southern Dist. Illinois)
**Gastroenterology, July 2013; gastrojournal.org/article/S0016-5085(13)00290-4/fulltext
***Institute for Safe Medication Practices, 1/9/13; ismp.org/quarterwatch/pdfs/2012Q2.pdf
****Forbes, 1/3/14; forbes.com/sites/larryhusten/2014/01/03/fda-plans-new-safety-assessment-of-dabigatran-pradaxa/
*****JPML, 2/19/14; jpml.uscourts.gov/sites/jpml/files/Pending_MDL_Dockets_By_District-February-19-2014.pdf