According to recent reports, the drug Pradaxa is being linked to unstoppable internal bleeding. A Texas lawsuit has been filed against the makers of Pradaxa, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, for allegedly failing to warn of the bleeding risks associated with the drug.
Pradaxa (also known under the generic name dabigatran) is an oral anticoagulant and prescribed to treat heart problems. An alternative to warfarin, or Coumadin, Pradaxa was approved by the FDA in 2010 and is intended to help reduce the risk of stroke and blood clots in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation.
However, problems with Pradaxa have been surfacing for months linking the drug to deaths across the globe. One U.S. patient recently filed suit in the Eastern District of Texas against the makers of the drug after she suffered a severe gastrointestinal bleed and heart attack she claims was because of the drug.
The complaint alleges that the drug manufacturer failed to warn of the risks of excessive bleeding. The lawsuit is also accusing the drug maker of negligent misrepresentation and deceptive trade practices.
Duty of Drug Makers
Drug manufacturers have a duty under the law to provide safe and effective pharmaceuticals to consumers. As a product manufacturer, pharmaceutical companies could be civilly liable for defectively manufacturing, designing or marketing a drug.
A drug company can be responsible for a manufacturing defect if the drug they manufacture is contaminated and results in harm to a consumer.
If a drug is designed in a way that causes dangerous side effects, the pharmaceutical company could also be responsible under the law if the side effects cause harm to an individual.
Moreover, if a drug does in fact cause side effects and the maker fails to warn the consumer or fails to provide adequate warnings of the side effects of the drug, the maker could be responsible as well.
Every situation, however, is different and the particular cause(s) of action will differ with each person. Consulting with an experienced drug defect lawyer about your specific circumstance is advised.