If you or someone you love has suffered life-threatening internal bleeding or hemorrhaging side effects while taking Pradaxa, our dangerous drug attorneys may be able to help. We are currently investigating reports that some Pradaxa patients have experienced serious bleeding or hemorrhaging side effect episodes. In some instances, it is believed that the internal bleeding caused by Pradaxa has resulted in death.
Pradaxa Lawsuit Frequently Asked Questions
Pradaxa (dabigatran etexilate) is a blood thinner that was approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in October 2010 to prevent blood clots in patients with atrial fibrillation.
Some of the reported symptoms of Pradaxa bleeding include:
- Unusual bruising or bleeding / hemorrhaging
- Pink or brown urine
- Red or black bowek movements
- Coughing up blood
- Vomiting that resembles blood or looks like coffee grounds
- Bleeding from the gums
- Frequent nosebleeds
- Joint pain or swelling
- Weakness and swelling of the arms, hands, feet, ankles or lower legs.
In September 2011, Pradaxa became the subject of an investigation in New Zealand after as many as five elderly Pradaxa patients reportedly died as a result of internal bleeding. Another 36 patients reportedly suffered bouts of serious internal hemorrhaging. New Zealand media outlets reported that some families claimed the chain of events leading to their relatives’ deaths began when they switched from warfarin to Pradaxa, and infections set in after their conditions had deteriorated to the point of hospital admission.
The New Zealand reports came weeks after regulators in Japan asked the maker of Pradaxa to notify doctors about potentially deadly bleeding and hemorrhaging in some Pradaxa patients. According to a letter sent to Boehringer Ingelheim by the country’s health ministry, between March 14, 2011 and August 11, 2011, 81 elderly patients taking Pradaxa suffered heavy bleeding, resulting to five deaths. Japanese officials suggested that patients older than 70 may need a lower dose of Pradaxa.
Nationwide Pradaxa Law Firm
With a lawsuit against the manufacturer of Pradaxa we may be able to help to compensate you for your pain and suffering and other damages. To learn more about a Pradaxa lawsuit, you should contact our Nationwide Pradaxa Lawyers immediately as the statutes of limitations restrict the time frame in which you may be able to pursue your claims. If you believe that you or a loved one has been seriously injured due to any of these drugs, and you are interested in learning more about how we can help, please contact our Nationwide Pradaxa Attorneys today.
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