Johnson City Pradaxa Injury Lawyers
The Law Offices of Seaton & Bates, PLLC represent people who were hurt by the blood thinning medication Pradaxa. If you were hurt or if you lost a loved one due to the drug’s harmful side effects, we want to speak to you. Our team of knowledgeable and compassionate defective drug attorneys are here to provide you with the qualified counsel you need to hold the manufacturer of the drug accountable for the harm it caused you. Don’t wait until it is too late to take action. Call us for help now.
The United States Food and Drug Administration lists Pradaxa (dabigatran etexilate mesylate) as a blood thinning medication or anticoagulant that is used to reduce the risk of stroke in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation. Between its approval in October 2010 and August 2011, the FDA reported that an estimated 1.1 million Pradaxa prescriptions were dispensed, and 371,000 patients received Pradaxa prescriptions.
In December 2011, the FDA announced it was evaluating post-marketing reports of serious bleeding events in patients taking Pradaxa. The FDA noted that the main alternative to Pradaxa, warfarin, is also “well-known to cause bleeding.”
In May 2014, the FDA announced that it had completed a new study of Medicare patients comparing Pradaxa to warfarin and found that Pradaxa was associated with a lower risk of clot-related strokes, bleeding in the brain, and death than warfarin. The study, however, also found an increased risk of major gastrointestinal bleeding with Pradaxa as compared to warfarin.
If you suffered severe injuries or your loved one was killed after taking Pradaxa in the Greater Johnson City area, we want to help you. You could be entitled to various forms of compensation, and our team will know how to help.
The Law Offices of Seaton & Bates, PLLC will work to hold the drugmaker accountable for your injuries and fight to get you all of the compensation you need and deserve. You can have our attorneys review your case as soon as you call (423) 282-1041 or contact us online to take advantage of a free consultation.
Do I Need a Pradaxa Lawyer?
Multiple Pradaxa lawsuits have already been filed all over the nation. Dangerous drug claims are very challenging to prove in court, which is one of the primary reasons you will want to contact an attorney.
A lawyer can conduct an independent investigation of your case, consulting with medical experts when necessary. An attorney will know how to identify the types of evidence that could be used in a lawsuit against a drug manufacturer.
The FDA notes that the Pradaxa label contains a warning about significant and occasionally fatal bleeds. This warning is likely to be cited by the manufacturer in an effort get an injury claim dismissed.
You need a lawyer who will know how to counter these types of defenses from drugmakers. The Law Offices of Seaton & Bates, PLLC are not afraid to take on large companies, and we will not back down from a fight to help you get justice.
Why Choose the Law Offices of Seaton & Bates, PLLC to Handle My Case?
The Law Offices of Seaton & Bates, PLLC have been helping injury victims in communities all over Upper East Tennessee since 1984. Our firm takes pride in helping our friends and neighbors.
Tony Seaton has more than 30 years of legal experience and is a board-certified specialist in Civil Trial Practice. He has also received an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, a peer rating denoting the highest level of professional excellence.
Robert Bates is a member of the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association and was named a Top 10 Lawyer Under 40 Years in 2015 by the National Association of Personal Injury Attorneys. His accomplishments include a $2.95 million settlement in a car accident case and another large verdict in a case against one of the best defense lawyers in the state.
The Law Offices of Seaton & Bates, PLLC handle every case on a contingency fee basis. You pay nothing unless you receive a monetary award. Our firm will work toward a fair and full settlement, but we can file a lawsuit when necessary.
Types of Pradaxa Cases We Handle
The FDA states that you should contact your health care professional and seek immediate care if you exhibit symptoms of bleeding, such as the following:
- Uncontrollable severe bleeding
- Coughing up blood
- Frequent nosebleeds
- Abnormally heavy menstrual or vaginal bleeding
- Unusual bleeding from the gums
- Vomiting up blood or something that looks like coffee grounds
- Blood clots
- Pink or brown urine
- Red or black tar-like stools
- Bruises of an unknown cause
In May 2014, the New York Times reported that Boehringer Ingelheim, the drug’s maker, agreed to pay $650 million to settle most of the 4,000 Pradaxa cases in state and federal courts filed by patients and their families shortly before the first case was set to go to trial in September. The Times noted that after Pradaxa was approved in 2010, “emergency department doctors and trauma surgeons became alarmed because patients using the drug were arriving with life-threatening bleeding that did not always respond to standard treatments.”
The Times pointed out that Pradaxa does not have an antidote to stop bleeding when it occurs, but Boehringer claimed it was developing one. The Institute for Safe Medication Practices reported that Pradaxa had been linked to over 1,000 deaths.
Pradaxa became a popular alternative to warfarin because it did not require patients to submit to the frequent blood tests and strict diet that is often associated with warfarin. In October 2015, the FDA approved granted accelerated approval to Praxbind (idarucizumab, also from Boehringer Ingelheim) to reverse the blood-thinning effects of Pradaxa quickly.
In April 2014, Boehringer Ingelheim announced that the FDA approved Pradaxa for the treatment of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism in patients treated with a parenteral (injectable) anticoagulant for five to ten days. In November 2015, the drug company announced that the FDA approved Pradaxa for the prophylaxis of DVT and PE in patients who have undergone hip replacement surgery.
After its study of Medicare patients in December 2014, the FDA stated that it still considered “Pradaxa to have a favorable benefit to risk profile and have made no changes to the current label or recommendations for use.” The Pradaxa label states that the most common adverse reactions to the drug are gastritis-like symptoms and bleeding.
The FDA states that people over 75 years of age who take Pradaxa have a higher risk of bleeding. Increased risks also apply to people with 1) kidney problems, 2) stomach or intestinal bleeding that is recent or continually returns, 3) a stomach ulcer, and 4) certain kidney problems in conjunction with taking dronedarone (Multaq) or ketoconazole (Nizoral). Taking other medications that increase bleeding risks — aspirin or aspirin-containing products, long-term or chronic use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), warfarin sodium (Coumadin, Jantoven), any medication containing heparin, clopidogrel bisulfate (Plavix), or prasugrel (Effient) — also increases your chances of bleeding while on Pradaxa.
Frequently Asked Questions About Pradaxa Injuries
When a drug's side effects cause you serious harm, you have the right to take legal action against the manufacturer. It is normal to have questions about your rights, the legal process, and other elements of your injury claim, so call an experienced Pradaxa lawyer from Law Offices of Seaton & Bates, PLLC at (423) 282-1041 today. We have also provided some answers to some general questions below:
Most Pradaxa lawsuits name the drug manufacturer as a defendant, which is common because the maker of Pradaxa understandably bears responsibility for their drug. Other parties could also be liable in some cases, such as doctors who may have prescribed Pradaxa to patients despite the clear dangers the drug posed to a patient’s health. In other cases, Pradaxa dispensing errors can make pharmacies liable. Always seek the help of a lawyer when you have suffered injuries because of Pradaxa, as they can make sure to identify all potentially responsible parties.
Do not ever adjust your prescription regimen without first consulting your physician. You were likely prescribed Pradaxa for a serious medical reason, and suddenly stopping could have disastrous health consequences. In some cases, your doctor may be able to take you off Pradaxa and substitute a safer medication. Do not be afraid to discuss all of your concerns about Pradaxa with your regular health care provider.
Class actions lawsuits are single claims involving a large number of plaintiffs, while multidistrict litigation includes multiple lawsuits consolidated into a single court. In a class action lawsuit, the settlement or verdict is distributed to all plaintiffs, but every person can have an independent settlement or verdict in MDL. Pradaxa is involved in both class action and MDL claims, and each avenue has its distinct advantages and disadvantages. You will want to discuss your case with an experienced attorney to determine whether a class action or MDL would be more beneficial for you.
The website ClinCalc.com reported that there were 1,656,539 prescriptions for dabigatran etexilate mesylate in 2016, which was the third-lowest total since 2010. Dabigatran etexilate mesylate was the 268th most frequently prescribed medication in 2016, its third-lowest rank since 2010.
The Annals of Internal Medicine from the Cleveland Clinic reported that use of Pradaxa result in a 33 percent increased risk of myocardial infarction (heart attack). The FDA states that a large clinical trial involving 18,000 patients found that major bleeding events occurred at similar rates with dabigatran etexilate mesylate and warfarin.
Contact a Johnson City Pradaxa Attorney Today
Did you sustain serious injuries or have a loved one die as a result of taking Pradaxa in the Johnson City area of Tennessee? You could be entitled to various damages for the harm you have suffered.
Our team of pharmaceutical lawyers will fight to make sure you receive all of the compensation you are entitled. Call (423) 282-1041 or contact us online to take advantage of a free consultation.