Many people who have been diagnosed with an abnormal heart rhythm - known as atrial fibrillation - were prescribed Pradaxa to prevent strokes. However, new findings and reports are now indicating that this drug is causing more harm than good.
Pradaxa has been linked to an increase in heart attacks in patients taking this medication. Additionally, severe internal bleeding has been noted as a side effect and has led to a number of deaths in innocent patients taking this harmful drug.
Pradaxa Side Effects
This blood-thinning medicine is prescribed to reduce the risk of stroke and blood clots in patients with atrial fibrillation, and it continues to be linked with deaths and life-altering side effects.
This medication has been on the market for less than two years and already has more instances of hemorrhages reported to the FDA, including:
- 505 instances of internal bleeding events reported in the first quarter of 2011
- 856 instances reported from the second quarter of 2011
- 117 deaths reported in the second quarter and the number continues to increase
These numbers linked to internal bleeding, deaths, and serious side effects are higher than any other regularly monitored drug. Although the report by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices released these findings in January 2012, Pradaxa has not been pulled off the market as it is still FDA approved. However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reviewing these complaints and has issued a safety announcement about the possible increased risk of serious bleeding.
What Went Wrong
Because lower dosage options are not available, all patients taking this medication are receiving a one-size-fits-all drug, which shouldn’t be the case. Patients should be monitored and given prescriptions to their individual needs. Additionally, some authorities in the medical community are questioning why this drug does not require patients to have routine blood level tests and kidney function tests while taking it.
Although warnings now, as of March 16, 2012, recommend that all patients taking Pradaxa should have their renal or kidney function tested prior to taking this medication, many patients have already suffered serious side effects or died due to this dangerous drug in Kentucky, Ohio, and throughout this nation.
If Pradaxa caused your family member to overdose, hemorrhage, and fatally bleed, you need to become your loved one’s voice. Don’t let a drug company get away with it. Talk with a Kentucky dangerous drug lawyer today to find out about your rights. Hold Boehringer Ingelheim, the makers of Pradaxa, responsible for their wrongdoings. Call the Law Office of Schachter, Hendy, & Johnson at 888-606-5297 today for a free consultation.