Kentucky Pradaxa Lawsuits concern a drug called Dabigatran that has been marketed in the United States and other countries under the name Pradaxa. Pradaxa is an oral anti-coagulant, or blood-thinning drug. Doctors prescribe it in preference to Warfarin because it is similar in efficacy but does not require such close monitoring of blood tests. But on the other hand, an overdose or adverse reaction can be counteracted with Vitamin K, whereas Pradaxa cannot. Therefore an adverse reaction or side effect of Pradaxa is your blood becoming too thin to function properly, and there is no way to reverse the problem. More than 100 Kentucky Pradaxa lawsuits have been filed in respect of individuals who have experienced severe internal bleeding or suffered a heart attack while taking Pradaxa.
On December 19, 2012, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Drug Safety Communication warning that Pradaxa should not be used in individuals fitted with mechanical prosthetic heart valves owing to an increased risk of heart attacks, strokes and formation of blood clots on the valves themselves. The risk was higher in people who were taking Pradaxa as opposed to patients taking Warfarin.
Another major problem with Pradaxa has been the large amount of reports concerning gastrointestinal bleeding. The term gastrointestinal bleeding refers to any loss of blood in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract from the pharynx to the rectum. The symptoms may be divided into two classes of GI bleed, upper and lower. The symptoms of upper GI bleed, which may be caused by adverse drug effects, include vomiting up blood (hematemesis) and tarry stool (melena). Digested blood will appear as coffee grounds.
Kentucky Pradaxa lawsuits are NOT class action suits
Kentucky Pradaxa lawsuits have the potential to consolidate into a Multi-District Litigation (MDL). This is different from a class action Kentucky Pradaxa lawsuit. In class action suits, instead of all of the Kentucky Pradaxa lawsuits being considered individually, they are heard by the court as a single lawsuit. Cases are consolidated in MDLs for more cost-effective discovery proceedings, but are then sent back to the court where they were originally filed so that each case may be sent to the trial separately.
The MDL approach, while still allowing all of the evidence to be presented to the court at the same time, will enable each case to be heard on its own merits. As a consequence, each plaintiff will receive compensation commensurate with the merits of his or her case.
Kentucky Pradaxa Lawsuit Attorneys
If you or someone you know has been adversely affected by Pradaxa, you may be entitled to compensation. The Kentucky Pradaxa Lawsuits could be your chance to be heard and possibly compensated, and the Attorney Group for Kentucky is here to try and provide you with the answers you may be looking for. Please contact us today with your questions or if you think you have a claim.