Pradaxa Press Release

Irvine, CA, September 20, 2012- Wright & McGurk Law would like to warn patients taking Pradaxa that this popular anti- coagulant medication has been linked by experts to fatal internal bleeding.  On August 19, 2012, USA Today reported the FDA received 3,781 reports of side effects including 542 deaths among Pradaxa users last year alone.  While the FDA compiles its post market safety review, a federal judge has ruled that litigants may proceed legally against the manufacturer.

Pradaxa (dabigatran) is a popular blood thinning medication taken by atrial fibrillation patients to prevent the blood clots that lead to stroke.  Manufacturer Boehringer- Ingelheim reports their medication has been expanded for use in 70 countries with a combined prescription experience of 1 million patient years.  However, recent reports of fatal bleeds have led experts to question its safety over its popular competitor, Wafarin, which was also riddled with safety complaints. 

"The good news is you now have an alternative to warfarin," said Dr. Alan Jacobson, director of anti-coagulation services at the Veterans Administration healthcare system in Loma Linda, California. "The bad news is you can kill a patient as easily with the new drug as you could with the old drug.”

Manufacturer framed Pradaxa as superior to its competitor because it required less daily monitoring on the doctor’s end.  However, the tradeoff has been an increase in internal bleeds that could be potentially fatal.  Unlike its competitors, Pradaxa does not have an antidote.  If patients on Wafarin experience a bleed, doctors can administer a small shot of Vitamin K to stop the bleed. However, Vitamin K does not work to reverse the effects of Pradaxa.  No known medication reverses the effects of Pradaxa.  In cases of internal bleeding, doctors have few options; they can attempt an emergency dialysis or watch their patient die. 

If you have lost a loved one to bleeding associated with Pradaxa use, you should contact an attorney to discuss your legal options.  Your family deserves justice.  Please call our firm today for a free and confidential consultation.  

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