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Are We Ready For A New Class Action, Sleep Medications Causing Fractures

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Certain Sleep Aids May Raise Hip Fracture Risk in Nursing Homes: Pradaxa, Dialysis medication, GranuFlo, Stryker Hip Replacement, DePuy Hip Replacement, all target mainly seniors. Are we ready for a new danger for our elderly and seniors.
 

MONDAY March 4, 2013 — Health staff at nursing homes often give patients sleeping pills to help them sleep, but a new study suggests that a certain class of medications may put patients at raised risk for hip fractures.

A team from Harvard Medical School in Boston looked at more than 15,500 long-stay nursing-home residents, aged 50 and older, who suffered a hip fracture between July 2007 and December 2008. The residents' average age was 81.

About 1,700 of the residents had been given a nonbenzodiazepine hypnotic sleep drug before their hip fracture. This class of drugs includes Lunesta, Sonata, Ambien and Intermezzo.

Those who took nonbenzodiazepine hypnotic sleep drugs were about two-thirds more likely to suffer a hip fracture than those who didn't take the drugs, according to the study, published online March 4 in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.

Although the study found an association between the use of the sleep medications and increased fracture risk, it wasn't designed to prove a cause-and-effect relationship. The risk was somewhat higher among new users of the drugs, as well as nursing-home residents who had mild mental or physical decline (compared to more severe mental- or physical-health issues).

"Caution should be exercised when prescribing sleep medications to nursing-home residents," said Dr. Sarah Berry, of Harvard Medical School, and colleagues.

New Dangerous Medical Devices, Medical Device Lawsuits

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The Following dangerous medical devices have been added to the list of dangerous devices our lawyers are accepting clients for. These include:

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Manufacturers of medical devices are also liable for harm caused by their products. Sometimes these products contain design flaws, were not tested adequately, or were marketed to doctors and patients for uses other than those approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Examples of medical devices include: defibrillators, breast and other cosmetic implants, orthopedic screws, hip implants, knee implants, heart valves and many other items.

 

Pradaxa Lawyers Filing Lawsuits for Brain Bleeds, Doctors Concerned as Well

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Pradaxa Class Action Lawyers for Pradaxa are filing brain hemmorhage lawsuits for Pradaxa death. Concern is for seniors on Pradaxa. Children should be monitoring and contacting a Pradaxa lawyer if there is a Pradaxa wrongful death;

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For millions of heart patients, a pair of new blood thinners have been heralded as the first replacements in 60 years for warfarin, a pill whose hardships and risks have deterred many from using the stroke-prevention medicine.

But growing complaints of risks and deaths tied to the new crop of drugs have made some top U.S. cardiologists hesitant to prescribe them. Some are proposing a more rigorous monitoring regimen for when they are used.

Most concerns revolve around Pradaxa, a twice daily pill from Boehringer Ingelheim that was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in October 2010 to prevent strokes in patients with an irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation. It was the first new oral treatment for that use since warfarin was introduced in the 1950s.

"The good news is you now have an alternative to warfarin," said Dr. Alan Jacobson, director of anti-coagulation services at the Veterans Administration (VA) healthcare system in Loma Linda, California. "The bad news is you can kill a patient as easily with the new drug as you could with the old drug" if it is not handled properly.

"The average patient doesn't understand anything about the new drug, or what the risks are, or what other medicines he can or can't take," said Jacobson, citing interactions with common painkillers and other drugs that can alter Pradaxa blood levels.

Xarelto, a once daily pill that Johnson & Johnson developed with Bayer AG, was approved last November for atrial fibrillation. The condition affects about 3 million Americans, causing blood to pool in a storage chamber of the heart, where it can clot and travel to the brain.

Both new drugs were designed to sidestep risks of warfarin, including brain hemorrhages and other dangerous bleeding, and become mainstays of a new therapeutic market worth at least $10 billion a year. Patients taking warfarin require close monitoring and regular blood tests as well as dietary and lifestyle changes.

Doctors have less data and familiarity with Xarelto, which is still being rolled out.

But Jacobson and another dozen physicians interviewed by Reuters expressed similar concerns about both Pradaxa and Xarelto.

They say that real world use of Pradaxa and Xarelto, which do not require regular blood monitoring or frequent doctor follow-up, raises concerns about the risk of stroke, serious bleeding and blood clots if not taken properly, particularly in patients with poor kidney function.

The nonprofit Institute for Safe Medication Practices estimated last month that 542 reports of deaths associated with Pradaxa were reported to the FDA in 2011, topping all other medicines, including warfarin, with 72 deaths. Adverse event reports on Xarelto were not available.

A case study published in March raised alarm in particular, showing an elderly Utah patient on Pradaxa developed a massive brain hemorrhage and died after a minor fall.

European regulators have instructed Boehringer Ingelheim to add warnings about the bleeding risk to Pradaxa's package insert. Almost two dozen U.S. federal lawsuits have been filed against Boehringer Ingelheim alleging harm from Pradaxa.

Boehringer declined to comment on the lawsuits. The German company also declined to comment about the deaths, but said the number of reports of bleeding with Pradaxa were within Boehringer's expectations, given the incidence of bleeding seen in the drug's largest study.

"Research has shown that the number of reported adverse events for a drug peaks during its first few years on the market," when doctors are most likely to file voluntary reports to regulators and drugmakers, company spokeswoman Emily Baier said.

Dr. Robert Temple, a top official in the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said few doctors notify the agency about incidents from warfarin because its risks are already well known. So the lopsided number of Pradaxa reports compared with warfarin may not indicate an elevated risk, he said.

"We don't necessarily believe it is real," he said. "But we're watching it. We can't help but notice it."

A SHIFT IN PRACTICE

The makers of Pradaxa and Xarelto say it takes time for doctors to get up to speed on new types of treatments and how to best administer them outside the controls of clinical trials.

"This is a shift in medical practice," said Dr. John Smith, senior vice president for clinical development at Boehringer. "Individual physicians have to determine what the follow-up plan will be, to use common medical-sense judgment."

Dr. Peter Wildgoose, a senior director of clinical development at J&J, said the company has not provided special advice on follow-up care for patients on Xarelto.

"There's nothing more than for any other drug that people regularly take," he said, adding that most atrial fibrillation patients probably see their doctors on a regular basis. "These drugs have been tested long term, for several years at a time, with very good outcomes."

Boehringer Ingelheim and Johnson & Johnson officials stressed there was far less evidence in trials of brain bleeding – the most worrisome side effect of anti-coagulants – in patients taking Pradaxa and Xarelto than those taking warfarin.

In the meantime, warfarin is holding its own, with 33 million U.S. prescriptions filled for atrial fibrillation and other uses last year, according to IMS Health, a healthcare information and services company. Some 2.2 million prescriptions were filled for Pradaxa.

About 130,000 U.S. prescriptions were written for Xarelto in the first three months of 2012. Pradaxa and Xarelto each cost about $3,000 a year, versus just $200 for generic warfarin.

Prominent U.S. heart doctors stress that neither new drug has a known antidote for a bleeding emergency, as warfarin does.

They also say that patients using them should undergo testing ahead of time to ensure good kidney function, be carefully taught potential pitfalls of the drugs and be seen by doctors periodically, especially after a switch is made.

"I have received a dozen phone calls from local colleagues in the last couple of months about bleeding on Pradaxa and have yet to find a single case where that bleeding was not related to improper use of the drug," said Dr. Sanjay Kaul, a cardiologist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Kaul found that many of the doctors failed to test patient kidney function before prescribing Pradaxa, though 80 percent of the drug is excreted in that organ. Weak kidneys allow the medicine to build to unsafe levels in the bloodstream. About two thirds of Xarelto is eliminated by the kidneys. Other doctors failed to ask patients whether they had a history of gastrointestinal bleeding, which raises the risk for Pradaxa.

"What really compounds the matter is the lack of a specific antidote to reverse life-threatening bleeding" from Pradaxa, said Kaul, who served on independent panels that advised the FDA on both new medications. Kaul said he had written only one prescription for Pradaxa and none for Xarelto.

Boehringer Ingelheim said it is working on an antidote, but declined to elaborate. Johnson & Johnson said it is not developing an antidote, but is monitoring early efforts by other drugmakers to come up with one. Bristol-Myers Squibb Co, which is developing a blood clot drug called Eliquis that is similar to Xarelto, declined to comment on the antidote issue.

HOPES FOR A THIRD NEW DRUG

Warfarin thins the blood by blocking Vitamin K, while Pradaxa directly inhibits thrombin – a protein involved in clotting. Xarelto and Eliquis – which Bristol-Myers is developing with Pfizer Inc – interferes with a protein called Factor Xa.

Richard Purkiss, an analyst with Atlantic Equities, sees the new blood clot drugs reaching combined global annual sales of $10 billion for stroke prevention and other uses, with Eliquis commanding up to a 60 percent market share, based on data showing it was more effective and safer than warfarin, including less bleeding and risk of death from all causes.

Neither Pradaxa nor Xarelto were able to claim both superiority and better safety than warfarin, or reduced risk of death.

Eliquis is eliminated mainly by the liver, which some doctors say could make it more appropriate than Pradaxa or Xarelto for older patients and those with kidney problems. The FDA is expected to make a decision on Eliquis by June 28.

Michael Liss, portfolio manager at American Century Investments, predicts Eliquis will overtake Pradaxa and Xarelto within six months after it is introduced. He expects it to capture peak annual sales of up to $4 billion, with Pradaxa and Xarelto dividing up another $3 billion.

Dr. Kenneth Bauer, head of hematology for the Veterans Administration health system in Boston, said the FDA should never have approved Pradaxa and Xarelto for patients with severe kidney dysfunction, since such patients were excluded from large studies. Nor should the agency have approved an untested 75-milligram half dose of Pradaxa for such patients, he said.

"These are people whose kidneys are already damaged … and even at the smaller dose (of Pradaxa), you risk overdosing yourself," Bauer said.

The FDA said it routinely approves adjusted doses of medicines, and noted that patients with severe liver dysfunction were included in smaller studies of Xarelto and Pradaxa.

Boehringer Ingelheim's Smith said the FDA cleared the lower dose of Pradaxa after conducting its own analysis of how it performs in the bloodstream.

FRAIL ELDERLY 'CANARY IN COAL MINE'

Almost 15 percent of Americans over the age of 80 are believed to have atrial fibrillation and face a fivefold higher risk of stroke if untreated.

Dr. Richard Besdine, director of the Center for Gerontology at Brown University, said he had switched only two of his approximately 100 elderly patients from warfarin. He is unlikely to switch many others for at least a few years.

"If there's an adverse event lurking in the closet for a new drug, it's most likely to come out in patients that are old and frail and taking multiple medications. They're the canary in the coal mine," he said.

Even so, Besdine – like many other doctors now on the sidelines – believes the new drugs may eventually displace warfarin as doctors become familiar with them.

Others note that warfarin's disadvantages have led as many as 70 percent of prospective patients to refuse to take it, leaving plenty of room for the new drugs.

Dr. Robert Califf, a Duke University cardiologist who headed the largest study of Xarelto, noted warfarin is still one of the biggest causes of U.S. emergency room fatalities.

"We shouldn't lose sight of what warfarin is like in the real world," he said.

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Pradaxa lawyers Accepting Cases For Brain Bleeds From Pradaxa

Written by Class Action Lawyer on . Posted in Class MDL Class Action News

Pradaxa is an anticoagulant used to prevent stroke in Cardiac patients.  A stroke is caused by a blood clot that dislodges and ends up in the brain blocking blood flow. Pradaxa can cause excessive bleeding and spontaneous brain bleeds or brain hemmorrages. The vessels in the brain thin and become very fragile as we age. A fall or bang or bump may cause a brain bleed which when using anticoagulants can be fatal. Pradaxa has been tauted as needing less medical followups the coumadin. Many people may not pay attention to the simple symptoms of a brain bleed.

WHAT IS PRADAXA?

Pradaxa® (dabigatran etexilate mesylate) capsules is a prescription blood-thinning medicine used to reduce the risk of stroke and blood clots in people with atrial fibrillation not caused by a heart valve problem.

What is a Brain hemorrhage

A brain hemorrhage is a type of stroke. It's caused by an artery in the brain bursting and causing localized bleeding in the surrounding tissues. This bleeding kills brain cells. Extensive bleeding is fatal. Pradaxa causes extensive bleeding. Class action lawyers are accepting cases for brain bleeds while taking Pradaxa.

What Happens During a Brain Hemorrhage?

When blood from trauma irritates brain tissues, it causes swelling. This is known as cerebral edema. The pooled blood collects into a mass called a hematoma. These conditions increase pressure on nearby brain tissue, and that reduces vital blood flow and kills brain cells.

Bleeding can occur inside the brain, between the brain and the membranes that cover it, between the layers of the brain's covering or between the skull and the covering of the brain.

What Causes Bleeding in the Brain?

There are several risk factors and causes of brain hemorrhages. The most common include:

  • Head trauma. Injury is the most common cause of bleeding in the brain for those under 50.
  • High blood pressure. This chronic condition can, over a long period of time, weaken blood vessel walls. Untreated high blood pressure is a major preventable cause of brain hemorrhages.
  • Aneurysm. This is a weakening in a blood vessel wall that swells. It can burst and bleed into the brain, leading to a stroke.
  • Blood vessel abnormalities. Weaknesses in the blood vessels in and around the brain may be present at birth and diagnosed only if symptoms develop.
  • Amyloid angiopathy. This is an abnormality of the blood vessel walls that sometimes occurs with aging. It may cause many small, unnoticed bleeds before causing a large one.
  • Blood or bleeding disorders. Hemophilia and sickle cell anemia can both contribute to decreased levels of blood platelets.
  • Liver disease. This condition is associated with increased bleeding in general.
  • Brain tumors.

What Are the Symptoms of Brain Bleeding?

The symptoms of a brain hemorrhage can vary. They depend on the location of the bleeding, the severity of the bleeding, and the amount of tissue affected. Symptoms may develop suddenly or over time. They may progressively worsen or suddenly appear.

If you exhibit any of the following symptoms, you may have a brain hemorrhage. This is a life-threatening condition, and you should call 911 or go to an emergency room immediately. The symptoms include:

  • a sudden severe headache
  • seizures with no previous history of seizures
  • weakness in an arm or leg
  • nausea or vomiting
  • decreased alertness; lethargy
  • changes in vision
  • tingling or numbness
  • difficulty speaking or understanding speech
  • difficulty swallowing
  • difficulty writing or reading
  • loss of fine motor skills, such as hand tremors
  • loss of coordination
  • loss of balance
  • an abnormal sense of taste
  • loss of consciousness

If you or a parent or grandparent is on Pradaxa you must be aware of the potential for brain bleeds.

Additional Symptoms of Pradaxa bleeding include:

  •     Lethargy
  •     Unusual bruising or bleeding / hemorrhaging
  •     Pink or brown urine
  •     Red or black tarry stools
  •     Coughing up blood
  •     Vomiting that resembles blood or looks like coffee grounds
  •     Bleeding from the gums
  •     Frequent nosebleeds
  •     Joint pain or swelling
  •     Headaches
  •     Dizziness
  •     Weakness and swelling of the arms, hands, feet, ankles or lower legs.
  •     Death

Pradaxa can Cause Serious Injury

  •     Gastrointestinal (GI) Bleeds or Internal Bleeds
  •     Brain Hemorrhage
  •     Kidney Bleeding
  •     Heart Attack
  •     Death
     

How Are Seniors More At risk with pradaxa

One particular danger associated with Pradaxa concerns the risk of dangerous internal bleeding to patients taking the drug who suffer a fall or other trauma. Given that most patients with atrial fibrillation are seniors, the risk of trauma is a serious one. When a Pradaxa user begins bleeding after a trauma, there is no way to counteract the blood-thinning properties of the drug. Pradaxa has no antidote. With warfarin, doctors can administer vitamin K or other substances to stop the bleeding – but not with Pradaxa.

If you have a loved one on pradaxa make sure they are under medical supervision. If a parent, grand parent or senior loved one or person you are caring for is taking Pradaxa be aware of falls. Seniors are prone to falling, bruise easily and have fragile blood vessels easily broken. Call Class Acion lawyer network for a Pradaxa lawyer today

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Pradaxa Injury lawyer, Pradaxa Heart Attack, Pradaxa Wrongful Death

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Pradaxa is an anticoagulant with dangerous side effects. Pradaxa has caused heart attacks and wrongul Death. Lawyers accepting Clients who are victims of Pradaxa.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is evaluating post-marketing reports of serious bleeding events in patients taking Pradaxa (dabigatran etexilate mesylate). Pradaxa is a blood thinning (anticoagulant) medication used to reduce the risk of stroke in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF), the most common type of heart rhythm abnormality.

In January of 2012, Boehringer Ingleheim announced safety label changes that had been approved by the FDA3, including the following:

    5 WARNING AND PRECAUTIONS 


    5.1 Risk of Bleeding

        Pradaxa’s anticoagulant activity and half-life are increased in patients with renal impairment.
        Lack of a specific reversal agent; futility of using vitamin K to affect anticoagulant effect

 

On December 7, 2011, the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Safety Communication reporting that it was investigating reports of serious and fatal bleeds in patients taking Pradaxa. Injury lawyer Network Pradaxa lawyers are accepting cases for Pradexa.    symptoms of bleeding such as

 Pradaxa has caused serious side effects   

If you are using the blood thinner Pradaxa (dabigatran), you may be at risk of suffering a stroke, or even death from this dangerous drug. If you are suffering any of these side effects see your doctor immediately.

Pradexa side effects

    bleeding which can be serious, and sometimes lead to death
    it may take longer for any bleeding to stop
    unexpected bleeding or bleeding that lasts a long time
    unusual bleeding from the gums
    frequent nose bleeds
    menstrual bleeding that is heavier than normal
    bleeding that is severe or you cannot control
    bruises that happen without a known cause or get larger
    bruising more easily
    coughing up blood or blood clots
    feeling dizzy or weak
    headaches
    pink or brown urine
    red or black stools
    unexpected pain, swelling, or joint pain
    vomiting blood or vomit that looks like "coffee grounds"

Serious Side Effects of Pradaxa®

The FDA approved Pradaxa® in October 2010, for the prevention of strokes in patients with a heart condition called non-valvular atrial fibrillation (also known as "AF"). Thus, it's hardly 'over a year old' as an anticoagulant in the U.S., and some critics of Pradaxa® have contended that the drug wasn't tested thoroughly enough before it was put on the market.

Pradaxa® Internal Bleeding

In November of 2011, a European counterpart to the FDA cited over 250 cases of fatal internal bleeding linked to Pradaxa® (a differently named version of Pradaxa® was on the market in Europe before it was released in the U.S.). The FDA has also received reports of Pradaxa®-associated internal bleeding here in the U.S.

Signs and symptoms of internal bleeding from Pradaxa  include:

    Throwing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds
    Unexplained bleeding or bruising
    Swelling in the ankles, feet, lower legs, hands and/or arms
    Excess fatigue
    Nosebleeds, bleeding from the gums
    Coughing up blood
    Dark colored urine

Pradaxa® and Heart Attacks, Serious Side Effects for Pradexa

Studies have also shown that Pradaxa® may increase the risk of heart attack. In a study of 18,000 patients, it was found that Pradaxa® treatment produces a 38 percent higher risk of heart attack than warfarin, an anticoagulant that has been used for many years.

Class Action Lawyer  Network Pradaxa Team is investigating most serious side effects of Pradaxa including:

    death from severe or excessive bleeding
    gastrointestinal bleeding
    stomach pain (ulcers, nausea, heartburn, bloating)
    kidney failure (kidney bleeding)
    hemorrhagic stroke cerebral hemorrhage
    heart attack
    brain hemorrhaging

If you or a loved one has been seriously  injured by Pradaxa call injury lawyer network Pradexa Helpline today.

Pradaxa may lead to excessive bleeding and other complications that could cause severe injury or even be life threatening. If you or a loved one has taken Pradaxa and experienced complications contact Our Pradaxa  legal team today so that  answer your questions and connect you with a Pradaxa Lawyer  to discuss your potential Pradaxa Lawsuit.