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Widow Brings Wrongful Death Suit Against Makers of Pradaxa

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A woman who's husband died from renal failure and intracerebral hemorrhage recently filed a wrongful death suit against the makers of the drug Pradaxa alleging the drug is responsible for her husband's death. Specifically, the woman brought the suit against Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals on March 19 in the U.S. District Court in Philadelphia blaming the company for her husband's death. The woman's husband suffered from a bilateral cerebellar and left frontal subarachnoid and intraparenchymal hemorrhage before his untimely death on April 10, 2012. The deceased male had been taking Pradaxa since July of 2007 to treat non-valvular atrial fibrillation, which is a heart rhythm disorder. Pradaxa, a direct thrombin inhibitor, is prescribed to patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillitation to reduce the risk of stroke and systemic embolism. The drug received approval from the Food and Drug Administration in the fall of 2010. Although the drug was marketed as being more effective in preventing stroke and systemic embolism than another drug called Warfarin, the lawsuit alleges Pradaxa makers failed to properly warn of its dangers. Specifically, the lawsuit alleges that the drug posed risks beyond that which is normal in similar drugs. For example, there is no effective means to stabilize patients who experience uncontrolled bleeding while taking Pradaxa; a fact the lawsuit alleged was not conveyed to emergency room physicians, surgeons and other critical care medical professionals. As a result, the widow argues her husband, as well as his doctors, were unaware of these risks and how to treat them. The suit prays for more than $75,000 in damages.

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