Pradaxa is a prescription drug prescribed by many doctors across the country to patients who are at risk of strokes or blood clots. Also known as dabigatran, Pradaxa is an anti-coagulant (commonly referred to as a “blood thinner”) used by millions of individuals each year.
Although Pradaxa is meant to reduce risk for stroke or blood clot, it has recently gained attention for some of its injurious and occasionally deadly side effects. In fact, a local news investigation quoted a senior scientist for drug safety and policy at the Institute for Safe Medication Practices who said Pradaxa was blamed for 1,158 deaths and 12,494 serious injuries in the United States since 2010.
If you suffered serious injury due to Pradaxa, consult an attorney in the Dallas area about filing a claim for damages.
Dangerous Side Effects of Pradaxa
Like most other prescription drugs, Pradaxa contains a warning stating that users may experience a variety of side effects, including stomach pain, heartburn, nausea, headache or disease, among others.
But users of Pradaxa may be at risk of much more severe side effects that could prove extremely detrimental to their health. Reports indicate that Pradaxa may be associated with serious episodes of bleeding, including internal bleeding. Pradaxa is a blood thinner used to prevent blood clots, so reports of bleeding are not unexpected. But it lacks a reversal agent, and unlike warfarin (a common blood thinner), taking vitamin K does not reverse the bleeding.
Some lawsuits allege the manufacturer did not adequately warn that it lacked the reversal agent, claimed Pradaxa was better than warfarin and should be responsible for damages for serious episodes of internal bleeding related to the drug.
Filing a Claim if You Suffered Injury Related to Pradaxa Use
Some patients injured after using Pradaxa are hesitant to file a personal injury claim due to the harm they believe it will cause their physician. After all, many hold close relationships with their general practitioners and would rather not see the medical practitioner face a malpractice lawsuit.
But if your doctor erred in prescribing you Pradaxa and you currently face added medical costs and other damages due to your injuries, it is imperative that you recover compensation for these damages. Errors might include failing to take into account your risk for bleeding episodes, not accounting for other medications you take and more.
It is important to understand that you may be able to take legal action against the manufacturer of the drug and not the individual medical professional who prescribed it. This will depend on the circumstances of your case, which you should discuss with your attorney.
Consult a Texas Pradaxa Lawyer for Help
It is all too common for patients seeking medical help to suffer further injuries from dangerous prescription drugs. But if you suffered injuries related to severe bleeding while taking Pradaxa, contact a lawyer at the Law Office of Julie Johnson to schedule a consultation. We can examine the nature of your case and help you file a claim to recover compensation for your injuries. You can contact our office today by calling 214-290-8001.