Millions of patients have been prescribed warfarin to prevent strokes, but the medication can cause serious side effects such as brain hemorrhaging and dangerous bleeding. Pradaxa was introduced to the U.S. Market in 2010 to replace warfarin. Cardiologists were hoping that patients who used Pradaxa would have fewer risks than if they used warfarin. However, dangerous bleeding and deaths have been associated with Pradaxa.
According to Reuters, 542 deaths linked to Pradaxa were reported to the Food and Drug Administration in 2011. In comparison, warfarin was only associated to 72 deaths last year. The recent Pradaxa deaths have made some doctors hesitant to prescribe the medication.
Patients have filed over two dozen lawsuits against Boehringer Ingelheim, the maker of Pradaxa, alleging harm.
If you or a loved one has sustained bleeding injuries after taking Pradaxa, you may be eligible to file lawsuit. Contact the Savannah injury lawyers at The Eichholz Law Firm to discuss your legal options.
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