• (800) 722-0383
Relentless Pursuit of Justice!

Free Consultation 24/7
Nights & Weekends

Harmful Side Effects of Pradaxa


Pradaxa is a drug that is used as a blood thinner. However, since its approval by the FDA in 2010, patients have reported thousands of detrimental effects, including severe bleeding. As a result, several patients filed lawsuits against the manufacturer, Boehringer Ingelheim. While there are many ways in which to remedy extreme bleeding incidents for patients who take warfarin, there is no such cure for Pradaxa.

Some prominent U.S. cardiologists are reluctant to prescribe Pradaxa because of complaints from patients regarding the risks involved as well as fatalities caused by the drug. Pradaxa was initially approved by the FDA in October 2010 for the prevention of strokes in patients who have an irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation. It was the first new oral treatment to be used for that purpose since warfarin came on the market in the 1950s.

According to Dr. Alan Jacobson, director of anti-coagulation services at the Veterans’ Administration (VA) healthcare system in Loma Linda, CA, the usual patient has no comprehension of Pradaxa, its associated risks, or what other medications can or cannot be taken concurrently. For instance, interactions with typical painkillers and other drugs can modify Pradaxa blood levels.

The use of Pradaxa, which does not require blood to be monitored on a regular basis, or doctors to follow up often, is linked to the risk of stroke, severe bleeding and blood clots if it is not taken correctly, especially in patients whose kidneys are functioning poorly. According to the nonprofit institute for Safe Medication Practices, in 2011, there were 542 reports of fatalities linked to Pradaxa that were made known to the FDA.

One published case study featured an elderly patient from Utah whose use of Pradaxa caused the person to suffer a major brain hemorrhage and subsequently die following a minor fall. While regulators from Europe directed Boehringer Ingelheim to include warnings regarding the risk of bleeding to the package insert for Pradaxa, nearly 24 U.S. federal lawsuits were filed against the manufacturer alleging the company of negligence, specifically failure to warn of known risks.


If you were injured due to an unsafe or dangerous medication, call the product liability attorneys at Calcagno & Associates.

We have obtained many significant and noteworthy verdicts
and settlements for our clients:

  • $4,743,086

    Four (4) Week Trial
    Train Accident

    Hudson County Superior Court
    Union, New Jersey

    View Case Summary
  • $2,500,00

    Three (3) Week Trial
    Head-On Collision

    New York Supreme Court
    New York, NY

    View Case Summary
  • $2,000,000

    Wrongful Death
    Products Liability

    Essex County Superior Court
    Newark, New Jersey

    View Case Summary

CALCAGNO & ASSOCIATES has obtained many significant and noteworthy verdicts and settlements for our clients:

Results vary, depending on the facts and circumstances of each case. This record of success in the courtroom and at the negotiation table serves our clients in two important ways: (1) It compensates them for their pain and suffering; and (2) It helps them rebuild their lives.

  • Free Consultation

    Contact Calcagno & Associates today to request a
    free consultation with a knowledgeable personal injury attorney about your accident and injuries.

  • Available 24/7

    We are available for free consultations,
    day and night.

  • Fully Confidential

    We will safeguard your privacy and protect
    your reputation.

Locations throughout New Jersey & New York