On Wednesday, October 3, 2012, the courtroom was full of people for Pradaxa’s initial hearing where five trial dates were selected for summer and fall of 2014. Unfortunately for the victims who have suffered from Pradaxa side effects and for people who have lost their spouses due to excessive bleeding, these trial dates seem so far away.
However, for those who have not yet filed a claim for Pradaxa bleeding and wrongful death, it gives them time to do so. As of October, there have been only 130 cases filed so far against Pradaxa; however, the court expects many, many more suits to be filed since there were over 540 deaths in 2011 and over 3,780 side effects reported to the FDA the same year.
Filing a Pradaxa Lawsuit
Pradaxa victims need to talk with an attorney, if they haven’t done so already, to find out about their rights, gather their facts and evidence, and file a Pradaxa lawsuit against the drug maker Boehringer Ingelheim.
Pradaxa lawsuits allege that Boehringer Ingelheim failed to adequately warn patients about the drug’s excessive bleeding risk and lack of an antidote. As this drug was introduced as an alternative to warfarin, another anti-coagulant, the drug manufacturer failed to warn doctors and patients that there was no way to stop internal bleeding while on Pradaxa. However, Vitamin K would stop the bleeding caused by warfarin. Sadly, many patients died while taking Pradaxa due to uncontrollable internal bleeding.
Although the company knew about the risks and dangers of Pradaxa, they spent over $500 million in marketing this dangerous drug between 2010 - 2011. The marketing campaign and materials flaunted the fact that patients on Pradaxa didn’t have to frequently monitor their blood levels or adhere to strict diets like patients on warfarin. Sadly, their marketing efforts did not reveal the high risks of severe bleeding, and it failed to mention there was no antidote for the bleeding.
Reports are now circulating that Boehringer Ingelheim is working on an antidote that will counter the life-threatening internal bleeding events. While developing an antidote to stop the internal bleeding is great, it cannot reverse time or take away the fact that many people suffered and even died as a result of Pradaxa bleeding.
If you or a loved one was a victim of Pradaxa, call a knowledgeable Pradaxa lawyer at Schachter, Hendy, & Johnson at 888-606-5297 for a free consultation today.