Texas woman’s death blamed on lack of Pradaxa antidote

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A deceased Texas mother is being represented by her daughters in a wrongful death lawsuit against the makers of the blood-thinner drug Pradaxa.

According to The Houston Press, Loraine Franklin died in late December 2011 after sustaining a minor fall in her home. The fall prompted some internal bleeding but a visit to the emergency room that night would be her last because the new drug she was taking to prevent stroke and heart attacks does not have an antidote.

Franklin’s one daughter told the source, instead of her mother leaving the hospital that night with a headache and slight concussion because of the fall, Pradaxa caused her to bleed to death.

In their lawsuit, the Franklins claim their mother was never properly warned of the dangers of Pradaxa by its maker, Germany-based Boehringer Ingelheim. Most notable among those warnings not delivered was the fact that it does not currently have an antidote and doctors have struggled to stop severe bleeding episodes in patients taking the drug who suffered seemingly minor falls or cuts like Franklin.

Franklin is one of more than 250 people who’ve died as a result of a severe bleeding episode prompted by Pradaxa. Instead of taking Coumadin (warfarin) for atrial fibrillation, doctors have begun prescribing Pradaxa despite there being little evidence of any significant clinical advantage to taking it over warfarin and because it has no reversal agents.