We all pretty much assume that if a drug’s been approved by the Food and Drug Administration and is one of the top-selling medications on pharmacy shelves there probably aren’t any dangers in using it.
Take the case of Pradaxa, a popular blood-thinner that is heavily advertised and generates millions of dollars in sales to patients seeking to ward off heart problems.
An independent, non-profit monitoring medical safety organization on Oct. 17, 2013 posted figures that showed that the FDA received more reports about side effects from Pradaxa than any other drug the FDA monitors.
The Institute for Safe Medical Practices in its QuarterWatch said that 3,292 reports warning of adverse events, including 582 deaths, were filed over Pradaxa (dabigatran) in 2012.
“For a second straight year, dabigatran and warfarin are the most frequently named suspect drugs in direct reports to the FDA.,” the authors of the report wrote.
“QuarterWatch has reported on the risks of anticoagulants previously and judged them to be one of the most dangerous of all outpatient drug treatments. The same property that allows anticoagulants to reduce the risk of strokes and blood clots elsewhere in the body leads to high risks for hemorrhage and other bleeding. The result is tens of thousands of emergency room visits or hospitalizations each year.”
That’s a pretty serious warning with Quarterwatch describing the medications as among “the most dangerous of all outpatient drug treatments.”
People who have lost loved ones and patients who have suffered serious bleeding problems from the use of Pradaxa not only have filed hundreds of adverse event reports to the FDA, they’ve also filed over 2,000 Pradaxa lawsuits in state and federal courts across the country and are seeking millions of dollars in damages.
In checking with a Pradaxa lawyer to find out what are the most frequently asked questions posed by Pradaxa victims, these were the most common:
- How do I file a claim or lawsuit over Pradaxa?
- Am I eligible to file a claim or lawsuit?
- How many other Pradaxa lawsuits have been filed.
- I am no longer taking Pradaxa, am I still eligible to file a lawsuit?
- Besides my medical costs, what other damages can I seek?
- Do most Pradaxa lawsuits settle or go to trial?
- Is there a time limit for a Pradaxa lawsuit to be filed?