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Carrollton Pradaxa Lawyer

An ongoing investigation into dangerous bleeding claims involving the prescription blood thinning drug, Pradaxa, is being conducted.  The Carrollton Pradaxa lawyers with our firm want to hear from you NOW if you or a loved one has suffered the following criteria.

  1. On Pradaxa at time of bleed; and
  2. At least 2 nights in hospital; and
  3. Blood transfusion

Pradaxa, manufactured by prescription drug giant Boehringer Ingelheim is a blood thinner prescribed to hopefully prevent a stroke by preventing blood clots from forming.  However, the United States Food & Drug Administration, or FDA for short, is actively investigating reports that Pradaxa may cause excessive bleeding resulting in serious injury or death.  If you know someone meeting the above elements, they may have a claim against the drug manufacturer and should consult with a dangerous drug attorney immediately.

Uses for Pradaxa

Pradaxa is prescribed to lessen the risk of blood clots and strokes in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation, which is the most common kind of abnormal heart rhythm.  The British Medical Journal performed an investigation into Pradaxa and published the results on July 23, 2014.  The study found that serious bleeding events, while on Pradaxa, could be significantly reduced with regular blood plasma level monitoring.  For people on the drug Coumadin or warfarin, regular monitoring of their blood is required.  Yet, Pradaxa is marketed as not requiring regular monitoring of blood levels.

Potential Side Effects

As a Carrollton Pradaxa lawyer can explain, serious bleeding has been linked to Pradaxa use.  Signs and symptoms of serious bleeding, which can be fatal, are:

  • Bruising caused by unknown injuries;
  • Bruises that get larger as time goes;
  • Coughing that produces blood or blood clots;
  • Heavier than normal menstrual bleeding;
  • Excessive nose bleeds;
  • Urine that is brown or pink in color;
  • Red or black stools – basically, if you go #2 and it looks like tar;
  • Blood in vomit – can sometimes look like coffee grounds; and
  • Bleeding in gums for unknown reasons.

Update: FDA Announcements

The FDA issued an announcement in November 2012 (as updated from December 2011) that it was evaluating reports of serious bleeding associated with Pradaxa. (The FDA Announcement can be found here)  This FDA evaluation came on the heels of a November 2011 report from the European Medicines Agency that noted 250 cases of serious and fatal bleeding events associated with Pradaxa.

Bleeding events are a known complication of all blood thinners; however, an excess of those events often leads to the FDA investigating the drug manufacturer more in depth.  The FDA released results of a study in May 2014 that indicated Pradaxa put patients at a higher risk for gastrointestinal bleeding. If you or a loved one are on Pradaxa and have suffered a bleeding event, give our Carrollton Pradaxa lawyers a call today.

The Parian Law Firm, LLC is a defective drug law firm stationed in Atlanta, Georgia.  The firm represents people all over America against the billion dollar prescription drug giants.  People are often scared and confused on where to look for help when they believe an injury can be attributed to a drug meant to help.  Our defective drug lawyers are waiting to hear from you to discuss your specific circumstances.