Can I Still File a Pradaxa Lawsuit?
Pradaxa is a blood thinner used to treat many conditions. However, as with many blood thinners, when Pradaxa was approved for marketing to consumers, the blood thinner did not have an antidote. Most blood thinners have an antidote in case of emergency or excessive bleeding. For instance, a Vitamin K shot reverses the effects of Warfarin.
When Pradaxa was approved in October 2010, there was no antidote. In 2011, just one year after the FDA approved Pradaxa, it received 3,781 adverse event reports according to a non-profit company (Institute for Safe Medication Practices) that reviewed the records. The reports indicated that the blood thinner was likely responsible for patient harm. In 2011, the FDA received more adverse reports about Pradaxa than any other drug. Warfarin was second on the list that year, but only with 1,106 reports.
In October 2015, the FDA approved Praxbind as an antidote to Pradaxa. For the patients injured during the five years between approval of the blood thinner and approval of the antidote, the antidote was far too late.
Settlement of Pradaxa Lawsuits
Because of the injuries and deaths associated with the use of the blood thinner, thousands of lawsuits were filed alleging various causes of action and damages. Damages ranged from severe injuries to wrongful death from the life-threatening side effect of irreversible bleeding. Individuals and families had suffered tragic and permanent damages because of the drug manufacturer’s negligence.
In May 2014, the drug’s manufacturer, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, agreed to settle over 4,000 lawsuits for $650 million. As part of the settlement agreed to by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, the drug company was not required to admit any wrongdoing for the complaints alleged in the lawsuits.
In a statement regarding the settlement, the Head of the Legal Department and General Counsel for Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals said that the company stands by its product and denies any wrongdoing. The representative continued to state that they believe that the victims’ claims lack any merit. However, the $650 settlement agreement allows the company to avoid years and years of distractions and the uncertainty of litigation.
Can Pradaxa Victims and Families File Pradaxa Lawsuits?
Patients continue to suffer from the life-threatening side effects of Pradaxa. Families continue to lose loved ones who are taking Pradaxa. You can still file a Pradaxa lawsuit for your injuries or the wrongful death of a family member.
Our nationwide Pradaxa attorneys continue to provide free case evaluations to victims and their families. We are dedicated to continuing the fight against the drug manufacturer for the wrongdoing, negligence, and fraud it has committed that has injured thousands of patients and their families. A monetary judgment can never reverse the grief and pain caused by the negligence of this large pharmaceutical company. However, victims and their families deserve to be compensated for their damages, even if that compensation cannot undo the pain and suffering caused by this giant drug manufacturer.
Call for Your Free Pradaxa Case Review Today!
If you have taken the blood thinner Pradaxa, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Even though you can still file a Pradaxa lawsuit, your time could be limited by law. Do not delay — contact The Fox Law Firm, P.C. now for your free consultation and no-obligation case review.
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