Pradaxa® is a blood-thinning medication that is used to prevent blood clots and strokes. Your doctor may prescribe it to you if he or she is concerned you may be at risk for these health problems. There are some legal concerns related to Pradaxa prescriptions.
Like the blood thinner Warfarin, Pradaxa can cause excessive blood loss. It is important that your doctor perform regular tests to measure:1
- Hemoglobin levels
- Hematocrit levels
- Blood pressure
If the results of these tests are abnormal, you may need to adjust or reduce the medication. However, any medication changes should take place under the supervision of a physician.
Pradaxa’s manufacturer, Boehringer Ingelheim, considers the medication unsafe for patients who have the following conditions:1
- Prosthetic heart valves
- Advanced age (over 75)
- Severe kidney impairment
- Use of some anticoagulant drugs (anti-platelet agents, heparin, NSAIDs and fibrinolytic therapy)
Your doctor is legally required to be aware of the potential risks of medication and to inform you about any concerns that may be relevant to your situation before giving you a prescription.
There are a number of situations in which you may wish to file a lawsuit related to Pradaxa. The Food and Drug Administration believes the benefits of Pradaxa outweigh its risks.2 However, if a doctor prescribes Pradaxa to you inappropriately or does not follow up with the right tests, you may have reason to sue your medical provider. These types of lawsuits may include personal injury or wrongful death. For more information about your legal options, you should contact a personal injury attorney.
You should seek out the advice of an attorney if you are concerned that a medical provider may have given you Pradaxa inappropriately. Attorneys can also inform you about class action lawsuits related to medications such as Pradaxa. Attorneys who specialize in personal injury law can provide you with up-to-date information on legal issues related to this medication.