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Lawsuits Claim Pradaxa Responsible for Deaths

Pradaxa is a blood thinning medication that has been linked to a number of serious side effects and even deaths since it was introduced on the market. Brain hemorrhage, gastrointestinal bleeding, and internal bleeding have led to Pradaxa related deaths, which in turn have led to a number of plaintiffs filing suit against the drug maker. Anticoagulant medications such as Pradaxa can cause bleeding at higher rates than normal, but many competing medications have an antidote to the excessive bleeding. Unfortunately, a number of deaths have occurred because, unlike with other blood thinners, bleeding related to Pradaxa isn’t easily reversed.

Pradaxa deaths caused by bleeding

Deaths related to Pradaxa are usually caused by one of three types of bleeding: gastrointestinal bleeding, internal bleeding, or a brain hemorrhage. Internal bleeding occurs inside the body, which can lead to organ shutdown and death if it is left untreated. Gastrointestinal bleeding is a type of internal bleeding which occurs in the digestive system. A brain hemorrhage takes place when an artery hurts in the brain. These conditions can be hard to detect and therefore patients often do not seek treatment until it is too late.

Warfarin is a competing product to the newer Pradaxa, and Pradaxa was initially marketed as more convenient than Warfarin because it requires less medical monitoring. However, although Warfarin is associated with some of the same bleeding-related side effects, the administration of vitamin K can correct and control excessive bleeding, potentially saving the lives of some patients. More than twice as many bleeding cases have been linked to Pradaxa than to a competitor’s product.

Lawsuits filed against drug maker

A number of patients who have been affected by side effects of Pradaxa have contacted a personal injury lawyer and filed suit against drug maker Boehringer Ingelheim in the hopes of winning compensation that could help cover injury-related costs. These lawsuits continue to grow nationwide as more and more people experience complications related to Pradaxa.

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