Attorneys with Meyers & Flowers are representing clients in ongoing Pradaxa litigation concerning serious harm caused by the anti-clotting drug. Read more to learn about this drug and please contact us if you or a loved one have been injured or harmed by Pradaxa.
What is Pradaxa?
Pradaxa is an anti-clotting, prescription medication used to reduce the risk of stroke from blood clots in people with atrial fibrillation not caused by a heart valve problem.
Atrial fibrillation occurs when the electrical signals that cause the heart to contract and pump blood, setting the beat of the heart, become disorganized and irregular. The atria are the two upper chambers of the heart and these irregular signals cause the atria to contract very fast and very irregularly (fibrillation), which causes blood to pool in the atria. The pooled blood clots, form a solid mass which can block arteries and veins and cause heart attacks and stroke.
Large blood clots can also form in deep veins in the body. This is a condition called deep vein thrombosis (a thrombus is a clot formed in a vein, from a Greek word for "lump"). These clots can break up, traveling to block arteries in the lungs, stop blood flow and can damage the lungs and cause heart attacks and stroke.
Treatment with Pradaxa doesn't require the strict monitoring of blood levels that older drug formulations with warfarin require. While this made it a more convenient drug than warfarin preparations, it also makes it much more dangerous.
How is Pradaxa different than other blood thinners and why is it so dangerous?
All anti-clotting drugs have side effects and can be dangerous: after all, they're made to prevent blood from clotting. What makes Pradaxa different and so much more dangerous is that, unlike older blood thinners, there's no way to stop severe or extreme bleeding once it starts. Older blood thinners, such as warfarin drugs, work by lowering the amount of Vitamin K in the blood. Doctors can, and must, almost constantly monitor the levels of Vitamin K in the blood of a patient taking warfarin. If there is too much Vitamin K and clotting is a danger, the dose of warfarin drugs is increased. If there is too little and blood becomes too thin or excessive bleeding occurs, doctors can attempt to counter bleeding by increasing the level of Vitamin K.
Pradaxa works by stopping the body from making a compound that allows blood to clot. There is no way to measure whether the body is able to make this compound, no way to synthesize it and ‘add more' to a patient's blood and no way to stop excessive or potentially fatal bleeding once it starts. Hundreds of patients taking Pradaxa have bled to death, even in the emergency room, while doctors attempting to treat them had no way to help or to save these patients.
A client currently represented by Meyers & Flowers lost her father to Pradaxa. Because the manufacturer failed to disclose that Pradaxa can cause potentially fatal bleeding which cannot be stopped, neither she, her father nor his physician were aware that his death was a possible side effect of this drug.
Since Pradaxa entered the market, hundreds of patients have bled to death, some in the emergency room as doctors watched helplessly, due to side effects of Pradaxa.
What can a Pradaxa Attorney do about this?
The attorneys of Meyers & Flowers have experience in prosecuting client cases against companies like the makers of Pradaxa on behalf of people injured or killed by their products.
By representing clients who've been harmed by products like Pradaxa, our Pradaxa attorneys not only help our own clients deal with the circumstances of their own injuries, we bring the defects of those products or the inadequacy of their instructions and warnings to the attention of the companies that make and sell them. We help prevent others from being harmed and make those companies pay attention.
Manufacturers have a duty to bring safe products to the marketplace, so when products like Pradaxa cause injury or death to the patients who use them, the manufacturer is legally responsible for the damages that result.
Difficult scientific principles are involved in these types of cases, which is why we work with nationally recognized experts to assist us in explaining these concepts to jurors. Meyers & Flowers has developed close working relationships with experts throughout the country who are readily available to provide superior advice and services. We diligently work with these experts to develop successful strategies aimed at securing our clients the compensation they deserve.
In May, 2014, the manufacturer of Pradaxa, Boehringer Ingelheim, agreed to pay $650 million to settle lawsuits filed on behalf of patients who were injured or killed from a Pradaxa related bleed. Meyers & Flowers continues to prosecute claims against Boehringer Ingelheim on behalf of patients who did not participate in this settlement or who were injured after the settlement. To read more about the settlement, click here.
If you have been injured by Pradaxa, it is essential that you contact a Pradaxa lawyer experienced in such matters. Numerous steps must be taken in order to ensure evidence is not lost and your Pradaxa lawsuit is documented and pursued properly.
For more information on Pradaxa litigation, contact our offices to speak to a Meyers & Flowers attorney who specializes in these areas.