Pradaxa

Pradaxa linked to unexpectedly high number of fatal bleeding incidents

At the end of last year, the FDA caught the attention of thousands of patients when it issued new drug safety information concerning the link between Pradaxa and potentially deadly hemorrhaging. Pradaxa is a blood thinning medication that helps to reduce the risk of stroke for patients who suffer from a heart condition known as non-valvular atrial fibrillation. The drug was approved for use by the FDA in 2010, providing a substitute for the widely-used, but risky drug warfarin. But since then, a number of hemorrhaging incidents have called into question the safety of Pradaxa.

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common type of persistent irregular heartbeat. Patients who suffer from this particular condition face a greatly increased risk of stroke. When the heart doesn’t beat strongly and regularly, there is a greater likelihood that a blood clot can develop and travel to the brain, which in turn results in a stroke. Often, patients with AF use medications like Pradaxa or warfarin to counter this risk. The anticoagulant drugs act as blood thinners to prevent clots from forming. Between obtaining FDA approval in October of 2010 and August of 2011, nearly 1.1 million Pradaxa prescriptions were filled in the United States.

But the use of blood thinners like Pradaxa carries its own risk: even a minor scrape or injury can quickly result in excessive and uncontrolled hemorrhaging. This was apparently known at the time of FDA approval, and studies even showed bleeding events occurred at the same rate for Pradaxa as compared to warfarin. But after Pradaxa went on the market, there has been higher rate of reported bleeding incidents than expected. The FDA continues to investigate why that is the case.

In the meantime, claims against the maker of the anticoagulant drug Pradaxa are starting to make their way into the court system. This last month, three plaintiffs filed suit in the United States against the German company that makes the drug, Boehringer Ingelheim. That company admits that in just one year of being on the market, Pradaxa was linked to 260 cases of fatal bleeding.

While the FDA investigation and litigation moves forward, patients are advised not to stop taking the drug without consulting their physician. But at the same time, patients need to be keenly aware of any adverse effects that indicate a bleeding problem:

  • unusual bleeding from the gums
  • nose bleeding that happens often
  • menstrual or vaginal bleeding that is heavier than normal
  • bleeding that is severe or you cannot control
  • pink or brown urine
  • red or black stools (looks like tar)
  • bruises that happen without a known cause or that get larger
  • coughing up blood or blood clots
  • vomiting blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds.

End Distracted Driving

Join us in a nationwide campaign to end distracted driving

Distracted driving—as we’ve written about before—is a leading cause of auto accidents, resulting in thousands of deaths and hundreds of thousands of injuries every single year. And like many auto safety issues, solving the problem of distracted driving means changing driver behavior and attitudes.

One reason that distracted driving is such a widespread issue is because it encompasses a wide range of activities that don’t all seem that risky. But any activity that takes away a driver’s full attention to the road counts as distracted driving: chatting with a passenger, adjusting the radio or climate controls, grooming, looking up directions, grabbing a meal in the car, and of course the much-discussed cell phone use while driving. Read more

Omaha Personal Injury Attorney Helps Those Injured in Accidents

I’m John Inserra one of the attorneys with Inserra & Kelley.

When a person is involved in an accident that results in personal injury or property damage, they are always faced with the question: should I hire a Lawyer?

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Personal Injury Attorney Helps With Prescription Drug Complications in Omaha

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If you’re the victim of a prescription drug malpractice and now have legal questions, call us toll free at 800-642-1242.

When you go to your doctor, you expect them to diagnose and treat you correctly.

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Personal Injury Attorney Helps With Hip and Knee Implant Failures in Omaha

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If you are suffering from a hip or knee implant failure and now have legal questions, call us toll free at 800-642-1242.

Most hospitals and doctors do a fine job.

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As a husband and father of two children, I’m sensitive to your situation.

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Inserra and Kelley: Representing the injured for over 60 years.

How to Pay For a Lawyer in Omaha

 

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I personally believe that the most important factor in choosing a personal injury law firm is how many cases they’ve tried.

However, I know that if you’re looking for an attorney to represent you in your personal injury case, cost is also a major issue.

At Inserra and Kelley, we are committed to representing YOU and helping you get the justice you deserve.

Because of our commitment to you, most of our cases are handled on a contingency fee basis, with all costs advanced so there is no initial out-of-pocket expense for you.

If you’re the victim of personal injury in need of an attorney, call us for a free, in-person or telephone consultation at 1-800-642-1242.

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Personal Injury Attorney Represents Those Injured in Auto Accidents in Omaha

 

I’m John Inserra of Inserra and Kelley.

If you’ve been involved in a car wreck and now have legal questions, call us toll free at 800-642-1242.

No one ever expects to get in a car wreck when they get behind the wheel.

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Omaha Personal Injury Attorney Helps Those Injured by Fault of Another

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When someone is involved in an accident, families’ lives are often turned upside down.

Most households have two incomes but only enough savings to cover two weeks of expenses.

Bills add up quickly: groceries, house payments, utilities, and basic life necessities.

Our lawyers can assist you navigating the legal path you now find yourself on and we can advise you on a broad range of issues such as: Investigation of the facts and legal issues; management of medical care and medical bills; evaluation of current and future damages; negotiation of your claim for settlement; and, filing your lawsuit and trial.

As a husband and father of two children, I’m sensitive to your situation.

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Inserra and Kelley: Representing the injured for over 60 years.

 

 

Avandia Manufacturer

According to the Washington Post the British drugmaker Glaxo-SmithKline has tentatively agreed to pay the U.S. government $3 billion to settle multiple civil and criminal investigations.

While the total settlement has not been made public the complaint about pharmaceutical companies has been marketing of drugs for conditions not approved by the FDA.

Consumer Product Recall for Another Gel Fuel

“FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 25, 2011
Release #12-020 Firm’s Recall Hotline: (877) 558-1511
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
Evergreen Enterprises Recalls Pourable Gel Fuel Due to Burn and Flash Fire Hazards

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer products. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product. Read more