If you or a loved one was prescribed and took Pradaxa (dabigatran etexilate) and experienced severe bleeding or other serious side effects, you may be entitled to compensation in a Pradaxa lawsuit.
Pradaxa (dabigatran etexilate), manufactured by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, is commonly prescribed anticoagulant used to prevent strokes and blood clots in patients suffering from atrial fibrillation, an abnormal heart rhythm. Doctors also prescribe Pradaxa to treat and control blood clots occurring in the lungs (pulmonary embolism) and the legs (deep vein thrombosis).
Because Boehringer Ingelheim marketed Pradaxa as safe and effective, doctors wrote millions of prescriptions for the drug. However, since the Pradaxa's approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2010, several patients have reported severe bleeding events. Some of the side effects Pradaxa users have reported include, but are not limited to:
- Gastrointestinal bleeding
- Rectal bleeding
- Brain bleeding
The lawsuits allege that had doctors been provided with sufficient warnings of Pradaxa's potential side effects or had Boehringer Ingelheim identified an effective antidote prior to marketing the drug, patients may have been able to make a more informed decision.
If you suffered side effects from using Pradaxa, the Kishish Law Group can help. Contact us now for a free and confidential case evaluation by using our contact form or calling us toll-free at 1 (888) 609-4664.
Some Pradaxa Lawsuits Settled for $650 Million, but Litigation Continues
After patients reported bleeding events after taking Pradaxa, many filed lawsuits against Pradaxa's manufacturers. Most of these lawsuits were combined into multidistrict litigation. In May 2014, Boehringer Ingelheim announced that they had resolved 4,000 of these claims, settling for $650 million. The pharmaceutical company continued to advocate for their drug, saying in a statement, "We continue to stand resolutely behind Pradaxa® and believed from the outset that the plaintiffs’ claims lacked any merit. Notwithstanding our strong belief that we would prevail in these lawsuits, this settlement allows our company to avoid the distraction and uncertainty of protracted litigation over years and years." In addition, they added that the U.S. F.D.A. maintains that Pradaxa has a "positive risk-benefit profile."
Although future plaintiffs will not be entitled to benefit from discovery done in the multidistrict litigation cases, lawyers continue to pursue Pradaxa cases following the settlement, claiming that Boehringer Ingelheim's warnings about the risk of dangerous bleeding with Pradaxa use remain inadequate. At the time of the settlement, doctors had prescribed Pradaxa to 850,000 patients in the U.S. with sales totaling over $2 billion.
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If you or a loved one were prescribed and took Pradaxa (dabigatran etexilate) and suffered injuries or serious side effects, you may be entitled to compensation.
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