New York, NY (PRWEB) April 27, 2014
Pradaxa lawsuits (http://www.pradaxalawsuithelp.com/ ) filed on behalf of individuals who allegedly suffered uncontrollable internal bleeding allegedly due to the blood thinner continue to move forward in U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois, Bernstein Liebhard LLP reports. According to an Order issued on April 9, 2014, the Court has established a pretrial schedule for the proceeding’s first bellwether trial. Jury selection for the first Pradaxa trial is scheduled to begin on September 8, 2014. (In Re: Pradaxa (Dabigatran Etexilate) Products Liability Litigation – MDL No. 2385)
“Bellwether trials often provide valuable insight into how juries will rule in similar cases. Our Firm has heard from numerous individuals who were allegedly harmed by Pradaxa bleeding side effects, and will continue to monitor this litigation closely,” says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing victims of defective drugs and medical devices. The Firm is offering free and confidential case evaluations to individuals who allegedly experienced cerebral hemorrhage, gastrointestinal bleeding, or other episodes of serious internal bleeding due to Pradaxa.
Pradaxa Bleeding Allegations
Court documents indicate that more than 2,500 Pradaxa lawsuits have been filed in the litigation underway in the Southern District of Illinois. The complaints allege that Boehringer Ingelheim failed to provide warnings regarding the lack of a reversal agent for the internal bleeding that can sometimes occur with Pradaxa. Plaintiffs also claim that the company wrongly touted Pradaxa as an improvement to warfarin, a blood thinner that has been used for decades. They point out that while warfarin bleeding can be stopped via the administration of vitamin K, there is no readily available antidote to Pradaxa bleeding.
Boehringer Ingelheim brought Pradaxa to the U.S. market in October 2010, after the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approved its use to decrease the risk of strokes in people who suffer from atrial fibrillation. On April 7, 2014, the company announced that the FDA had expanded the approved uses of Pradaxa to include the treatment of venous thromboembolism, including both deep venous thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE), and to reduce the risk of recurrent DVT and PE in patients who have been previously treated.*
In February, a report aired by 7 Action News in Detroit asserted that Pradaxa may be the most complained about drug in the U.S. According to the broadcast, the FDA has received reports of 12,494 injuries and 1,158 deaths among Pradaxa users since the blood thinner was launched in the U.S. Many of these cases detailed episodes of uncontrollable internal bleeding. **
Individuals who allegedly suffered Pradaxa bleeding side effects may be entitled to compensation from Boehringer Ingelheim. Find out more about Pradaxa lawsuits at Bernstein Liebhard LLP’s website. Please call 800-511-5092 to schedule a free, no obligation case review.
*us.boehringer-ingelheim.com/news_events/press_releases/press_release_archive/2014/04-07-14-fda-approves-pradaxa-dabigatran-etexilate-mesylate-treatment-reduction-risk-of-recurrence-deep-venous-thrombosis-pulmonary-embolism.html, Boehringer Ingelheim, April 7, 2014
**wxyz.com/money/consumer/pradaxa-lawsuit, 7 Action News, February 25, 2014
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