A Pradaxa lawyer notes that the FDA has approved a reversal agent for the blood thinner, which has been linked to severe internal bleeding. Thousands of claims are pending against the drug maker for injuries allegedly caused by Pradaxa, and affected patients and their families may still pursue claims for compensation with the help of Pradaxa attorneys.
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FDA Approval Follows $650 Million Pradaxa Settlement
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Praxbind for use in patients who are taking the anticoagulant Pradaxa during emergency situations when there is a need to reverse Pradaxa’s blood-thinning effects. Praxbind is the first reversal agent approved specifically for Pradaxa and works by binding to the drug compound to neutralize its effect. Pradaxa was introduced in 2010 as a blood thinner meant to prevent strokes in patients with atrial fibrillation. The drug is also used to prevent blood clots from traveling to the brain and to prevent deep vein thrombosis in hip surgeries and knee replacement procedures.
Lawsuits however, have alleged that Pradaxa puts patients at a higher risk for irreversible bleeds because Pradaxa, unlike other available medications, had no antidote to reverse anticlotting effects when it was first introduced into the market. The October 2015 FDA approval comes as Pradaxa manufacturer, Boehringer Ingelheim, agreed to settle 4,000 Pradaxa lawsuits filed in Federal Court in the Southern District of Illinois and in other state courts. The drug giant agreed to pay $650 million to settle those cases but Boehringer Ingelheim is facing a fresh round of lawsuits filed by patients and their families who were locked out of the initial settlement. The new lawsuits allege that the drug maker did not adequately warn patients of the alleged risk of severe internal bleeding linked to Pradaxa.
How a Pradaxa Lawyer Can Help
Drug manufacturers have a duty to ensure their products are accompanied by full and accurate instructions and warnings to guide prescribing doctors and other health care providers in making treatment decisions. If a drug maker fails to fulfill this duty, it could be held liable in lawsuits for injuries that may result.
Patients who are injured by Pradaxa may be entitled to compensation for damages, including:
- Medical expenses
- The permanency of the injury
- Pain, suffering, and mental anguish
- Loss of income or ability to work
If a patient dies from complications after taking Pradaxa, family members may be entitled to compensation for the wrongful death of their loved one, including:
- Conscious pain and suffering of a loved one prior to death
- Pain, suffering, and mental anguish from the loss of a loved one
- Funeral expenses
The fact of a settlement of other claims or the introduction of a reversal agent should not impact prior claims. Patients who have suffered severe side effects after taking Pradaxa, as well as the families of those who have died as a result of complications with the drug, are encouraged to seek the advice of a Pradaxa lawyer to learn more about their rights and remedies.
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