We look at healthcare professionals, surgeons, and physicians as heroes. These individuals perform amazing and miraculous procedures that not only save lives but change lives. As a result, we put all of our trust and faith in these professionals.
But what happens when a medical error is made or something goes wrong? Errors of this nature can have serious consequences, and can even cost lives. While we hear about medical marvels and miracles that happen every day, we also hear about pain, suffering, injuries, and even death as a result of dangerous drugs, dangerous medical devices, and even medical errors.
The Truth Behind Pradaxa
The drug Pradaxa is a blood thinner used to treat or limit the occurrence of strokes and blood clots in patients with atrial fibrillation. Pradaxa is similar to the drug, Warfarin, but Pradaxa proved to be more effective in reducing blood clots and strokes in clinical trials and studies.
However, over time, recent studies and reports have shown that this drug is more dangerous than it is life saving. Patients who have taken Pradaxa have reported some of the following side effects:
- Unusual Bruising
- Blood in the urine or stool
- Vomiting Blood
Pradaxa’s Shortened Life Span
Pradaxa has been on the market and available by prescription to patients since 2010. It didn’t take long for Pradaxa to gain exposure. By 2012, more than 3.7 million American patients had prescriptions filled for Pradaxa.
Then, by November 2014, there were approximately 35,500 reports from patients who experienced adverse effects, injuries, and even deaths from taking Pradaxa.
The manufacturer of Pradaxa, Boehringer Ingelheim, will not admit or assume any responsibility for the adverse effects or patient deaths. In fact, their main principle was “be first – be best – be focused”.
As a result, these events have led to numerous lawsuits. By May of 2014, there have been over 4,000 lawsuits settling for a total of $650 million.
You can read more details about these cases and lawsuits by reading the Press Release here.
Medical Miracle or Mistake?
In our day and age of modern medicine and technology, there are unfortunately too many incidents where drugs prove to be more dangerous than helpful, and even more dangerous than sponsored studies indicate—and as the current death count appears to indicate.
In fact, the number of deaths and life-altering side effects is only expected to increase as patients continue to take Pradaxa, and as investigations into the drug itself continue.
Take Legal Action with a Harmful Drugs Attorney
If your or a loved one has been harmed or passed away due to complications from taking the drug, Pradaxa, then do yourself and your family a favor by calling an experienced harmful drugs attorney.
Fetterman & Associates, PA is experienced in representing and seeking compensation for individuals and families who have been harmed, injured or even passed away from taking dangerous drugs and medical devices. It’s free to talk to us, so call us now to discuss your case.
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