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FDA safety alert: Pradaxa may cause blood clots on mechanical heart valves

If you have a mechanical prosthetic heart valve, the FDA is warning patients not to use Pradaxa to treat atrial fibrillation. In fact, the FDA says that Pradaxa should not be used in patients who have atrial fibrillation caused by heart valve problems.

Can you trust studies about drug safety associated with drug makers?

Watch out for studies testing the safety of pharmaceutical drugs when the studies are associated with the drug maker. In Sue Hughes's report on TheHeart.org, a study conducted by Trinity Partners Consultants found that Pradaxa was better than warfarin when it came to "persistence rates."

About the FDA's 'black box' warning for prescription drugs

The black-box warning is that big, bold warning seen on the packaging or instruction sheet of drugs like the blood thinner Pradaxa (dabigatran) and the diabetes drug Actos (pioglitazone), both of which are known to cause serious side effects in some patients.

Pradaxa defective drug lawsuits starting to take off

According to the American Bar Association Journal, lawyers have filed exactly 131 cases against Boehringer Ingelheim, the global drug maker based in Germany, and one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. These suits allege that Boehringer Ingelheim's drug Pradaxa is a defective drug that has caused serious injuries and deaths among patients.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta suggests mistake of 'ignorance' contributes to patient deaths

Sanjay Gupta, writing an opinion piece in the New York Times, suggests reasons why so many medical mistakes are said to occur in the nation. Gupta cites an estimate of roughly 200,000 patient deaths from medical mistakes every year, which would make it one of the leading causes of death.

Heart Patients at Higher Risk by Taking Pradaxa

A study shows that heart patients just might be putting themselves at greater risk by taking the pharmaceutical drug called Pradaxa, as compared to taking warfarin. ("Warfarin" is the generic name of a group of brand name drugs used in the treatment of heart disease.)

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