New York, New York (PRWEB) May 14, 2014
As Pradaxa lawsuits (http://www.pradaxalawsuithelp.com/) continue to mount in U.S. courts, Bernstein Liebhard LLP notes that the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a new Drug Safety Communication pertaining to the blood-thinning drug. According to the May 13th alert, a recently completed study of more than 134,000 Medicare patients found that Pradaxa was associated with a higher rate of major gastrointestinal bleeding compared to warfarin. However, the Medicare study also noted a lower rate of stroke and death among patients taking Pradaxa.*
“Our Firm has heard from numerous Pradaxa patients who allegedly suffered serious gastrointestinal bleeding similar to the issues described in the FDA’s communication. This complication is also among the injuries alleged in thousands of Pradaxa lawsuit filings,” 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 serious Pradaxa bleeding side effects.
Pradaxa Bleeding Litigation
According to court documents, at least 2,467 Pradaxa lawsuits have been filed in U.S. courts on behalf of individuals who allegedly suffered uncontrollable internal bleeding due to their use of Pradaxa. The majority of these claims are pending in a federal multidistrict litigation now underway in U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois, where trials are expected to get underway this fall. (In Re: Pradaxa (Dabigatran Etexilate) Products Liability Litigation – MDL No. 2385)
Among other things, all of the complaints pending in the federal proceeding similarly allege that Boehringer Ingelheim did not provide doctors and patients with adequate warnings regarding the lack of an antidote to reverse potential Pradaxa bleeding side effects. The lawsuits further claim that Pradaxa was wrongfully touted as an improvement over warfarin, and point out that the internal bleeding that sometimes occurs with warfarin can be stopped simply via the administration of vitamin K.
Pradaxa was first approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in 2010. In February, 7 Action News in Detroit revealed that 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 among Pradaxa patients.**
Alleged victims of Pradaxa bleeding side effects may be entitled to file their own Pradaxa lawsuit against Boehringer Ingelheim. To learn more about this ongoing litigation, please visit Bernstein Liebhard LLP’s website, or call 800-511-5092 to schedule a free, no obligation case review.
*fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm396470.htm, FDA, May 13, 2014
**wxyz.com/money/consumer/pradaxa-lawsuit, 7 Action News, February 25, 2014
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