All Aspects Of Litigation Surrounding The Federal Pradaxa Lawsuits Alleging Boehringer Ingelheim’s Blood Thinner Caused Serious Internal Bleeding Have Been Suspended Until Completion Of A Settlement Agreement Reports Wright & Schulte LLC
The attorneys at Wright & Schulte LLC note all matters within the Pradaxa lawsuit litigation were recently placed on hold while plaintiffs’ attorneys and Pradaxa manufacturer Boehringer Ingelheim negotiated the terms of a master settlement agreement. U.S. Chief District Judge David R. Herndon has scheduled a status conference for August 26 on the Pradaxa litigation which is pending in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois. (In re: Pradaxa (Dabigatran Etexilate) Products Liability Litigation – MDL No. 2385) In May, Judge Herndon issued a stay of proceedings on all aspects of the Pradaxa litigation after Pradaxa manufacturer Boehringer Ingelheim, announced that it would pay $650 million to resolve approximately 4,000 Pradaxa lawsuits in state and federal courts. The complaints were filed on behalf of plaintiffs who allegedly suffered serious internal bleeding or death as a result of taking the Pradaxa blood thinner.
Court records indicate that Judge Herndon originally issued an order in May to stay proceedings in the Pradaxa lawsuits until further notice while a court-appointed mediator and plaintiffs’ attorneys met with him and provided a “full and detailed report of the status of settlement negotiations and why the case has not yet settled.” A week later, the judge appointed a group of eight attorneys to serve on a negotiating committee and create settlement terms with Boehringer Ingelheim. On May 28, one day after Judge Herndon’s order, Boehringer Ingelheim issued a news release announcing its intent to settle the cases.
Pradaxa, also known by its generic name, dabigatran, was approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in October 2010 to reduce the risk of stroke and blood clots in people with atrial fibrillation (irregular heart rhythms) not caused by a heart valve problem. After Pradaxa was approved, the FDA received a number of complaints regarding bleeding among Pradaxa users and said in November 2012, that the agency would conduct an ongoing safety review of the issue. In May 2014, the FDA announced the completion of a new study comparing the newer drug Pradaxa to warfarin, (Coumadin) a blood thinner that has been on the market for 60 years. The study involved more than 134,000 Medicare patients, 65 years or older. The FDA study found that among new users, Pradaxa helped to lower the risk of clot-related strokes, bleeding in the brain, and death, but increased the risk of major gastrointestinal bleeding compared to warfarin.
[fda.gov/drugs/drugsafety/ucm396470.htm, May 13, 2014]
[fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm326580.htm, November 2, 2012]
More recent Pradaxa lawsuit news revealed an investigation conducted by The British Medical Journal (BMJ) discovered through documents made public through court proceedings, that Boehringer Ingelheim debated over whether to reveal to the FDA that regular monitoring and adjusting the dosage of Pradaxa would benefit patients taking Pradaxa. According to the BMJ, Boehringer Ingelheim believed acknowledging that patients need frequent monitoring could hurt the company’s FDA-approved marketing claims that Pradaxa is easy to use and does not require follow-up monitoring.
[bmj.com/content/349/bmj.g4670, July 23, 2014]
Court documents indicate that all Pradaxa lawsuits filed in federal courts across the country were consolidated into multidistrict litigation in the Illinois federal court. The cases in the MDL include a wrongful death lawsuit filed on behalf of a New York man who died suddenly on January 8, 2012, two months after he first started taking the blood thinner medication. According to the Pradaxa bleeding complaint, the man began taking the blood thinner on November 8, 2011 and used it until November 29, 2011. The Pradaxa bleeding complaint alleges that Boehringer Ingelheim claimed that the blood thinner was safe and effective to use but failed to warn physicians and emergency room doctors that Pradaxa has no antidote to stop bleeding, and therefore there is no effective means to treat and stabilize patients who experienced uncontrolled bleeding while taking Pradaxa.
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