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February 12th, 2013

Pradaxa Judge Urges Sides to Reach Settlement before Bellwether Trials in 2014

The pretrial proceedings in the Pradaxa MDL are currently under the supervision of Judge David R. Herndon, and he recently urged both parties involved to begin negotiations in an attempt to reach a settlement. The first bellwether trial is slated to begin in August 2014 and all lawsuits are consolidated in the MDL. Unlike a class action lawsuit though, each lawsuit in the MDL will remain separate and be decided individually. Per Judge Herndon’s instructions, both parties’ attorneys must be appointed no later than July 1, 2013 and will attempt to reach a settlement prior to August 2014 when the first Pradaxa bellwether case is scheduled to go to trial.

Pradaxa’s Dangers

When Pradaxa was initially approved by the FDA in 2010, it was intended to lower the risk of strokes by preventing the formation of dangerous blood clots. As an anticoagulant, this drug thins the blood, similar to Coumadin and Heparin. Yet immediately after its release, doctors and patients realized its extreme dangers. Uncontrolled bleeding in a patient taking Coumadin can be reversed with Vitamin K; Pradaxa has no known antidote. This increased the chances of a patient bleeding internally and/or hemorrhaging to death. Patients who took Pradaxa reported numerous adverse effects, including:

 

  • Internal bleeding
  • Intestinal hemorrhaging
  • Irreversible bleeding complications
  • Heart attacks
  • Death

Pradaxa Maker Boasts Enormous Profits While Drug Kills

Thousands of patients who were injured by Pradaxa have already begun to file lawsuits against the pharmaceutical giant Boehringer Ingelheim whose sales topped $1 billion while promoting Pradaxa in 2011. Yet even as the company boasted these profits, their drug Pradaxa led all other medication in the number of deaths reported to the FDA and killed 542 people that very year. In addition, another 3,781 people reported adverse effects.

 

Pradaxa Lawsuit Lawyers You Can Rely On

At Phillips Law Firm, we believe in holding pharmaceutical companies responsible for the injuries their dangerous drugs cause. These companies routinely put their profits before the safety of the American public. If you have suffered and injury after taking the dangerous drug, Pradaxa, the defective drug lawyers at Phillips Law Firm can help. We represent patients and victims across the United States that are seeking compensation after being injured by a defective drug, and we are dedicated to protecting their rights. Call Phillips Law Firm today at 1-800-708-6000. We can help you file a lawsuit against these giant pharmaceutical companies and take part in the multi-district litigation that is currently underway. Call us today to discuss all of your legal options.


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