Pradaxa Lawyers Washington, DC
If you have become unwell from taking Pradaxa, it may be in your best interest to discuss your situation with Pradaxa lawyers Washington, DC residents are fortunate to have in their midst. Has someone you love suffered from the consequences of taking Pradaxa? DC Pradaxa lawyers may be able to get you the compensation that you deserve. There have been a number of successful lawsuits against the founder of Pradaxa, Boehringer Ingelheim.
What is Pradaxa?
Pradaxa is a prescription medication that is used to prevent strokes in atrial fibrillation patients. Atrial fibrillation is a serious condition which affects over 5 million people. It is a type of cardiac arrhythmia which increases the risk of stroke when the hearts’ two upper chambers beat irregularly, or flutter, which place patients at an increased risk of stroke.
Pradaxa was designed to prevent strokes by thinning the blood enough to prevent a blood clot from forming in the heart and ultimately traveling to the brain.
If you or someone you care about has been injured by taking Pradaxa, lawyers in Washington, DC may be able to help you.
Pradaxa was introduced to the US market on October 19, 2010. Three months after introducing Pradaxa to the US, it was prescribed to about 86,000 individuals. The drug came with a standard caution that internal bleeding may occur. Regardless of this fact, it was judged to be safer than the older drug Warfarin. Warfarin had an adverse food reaction. The difference between Pradaxa and Warfarin is that there is no viable treatment to stop bleeding in Pradaxa patients.
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One year after the FDA approved Pradaxa, there were found to be 260 deaths associated with the drug. On December 7, 2011, the FDA issued a statement that Pradaxa was under review in light of the reports of fatal bleeding. The side effects that are associated with Pradaxa include:
- Excessive external bleeding
- Internal Bleeding
- Pain and swelling in joints
- Nausea and other gastrointestinal distresses
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Although anybody can be at risk for these side effects, there are patients who have a bigger risk than others for taking Pradaxa. The patients that have the highest risk for abnormal bleeding while taking Pradaxa include people who:
- Are 75 years or older
- Have existing kidney problems
- Have stomach bleeding or an ulcer
- Are taking other drugs that can increase the risk of bleeding, including aspirin, NSAIDs and other blood thinners.
In a case in May 2019, there were $1.6 million in compensatory and punitive damages recovered against Boehringer Ingelheim, the manufacturer of Pradaxa. The plaintiff was a 75-year-old New York man who suffered a life-threatening upper gastrointestinal bleed while using Pradaxa.
If this information sounds like something you’ve sustained due to using Pradaxa, a DC Pradaxa lawyer may be able to help you.
In this case, the court found that Boehringer failed to properly disclose the risk associated with the medication. Additionally, the manufacturer was held responsible for failing to inform the doctors and patients of available tests that could identify whether patients blood levels indicated an unnecessary risk of bleeding.
In Connecticut alone, Ingelheim is facing over 2,400 lawsuits blaming Pradaxa for severe internal bleeding. In 2014 the company agreed to pay $650 million to settle over 4,100 Federal lawsuits involving similar claims.
If you have a Washington, DC claim that may be similar and need help with getting the compensation that you deserve, contact the trustworthy team of Pradaxa lawyers Washington, DC Pradaxa victims can count on at Cohen & Cohen, P.C.