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San Diego Wrongful Death Attorney Warns of Pradaxa Dangers

Pradaxa is a popular drug used primarily as a blood thinner and to prevent strokes and arterial fibrillation. Doctors like to use the drug for patients that have an irregular heartbeat, to prevent possible blood clots and a stroke. Pradaxa has shown to be effective for these purposes, but it is not without its side effects, including internal bleeding. The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) recently evaluated new information concerning the side effects associated with Pradaxa compiled from insurance claims and administrative data. They determined the internal bleeding and thinner blood can lead to possible heart attacks, excessive bleeding and death. The FDA has not banned Pradaxa, but it has urged physicians to use caution when prescribing it. Other possibly fatal adverse side effects include an allergic reaction to the drug, which can cause swelling and inflammation, dizziness and difficulty breathing. According to the FDA, in 2011 there were 3,871 reports…
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FDA Probes Facility after Meningitis Outbreak

Medication shipped by the New England Compounding Center (NECC) recently was contaminated with fungus, causing a fungal meningitis outbreak causing 31 deaths in 17 states. In October, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigated the conditions at NECC following reports from the Massachusetts Department of Health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have reported more than 400 cases of meningitis linked to the medication, which was an injectable steroid painkiller. Many of the patients using the drug suffered from back pain and other types of joint pain. The FDA and Massachusetts Department of Health have both reported unsanitary conditions at the NECC facility that may have contributed to the contamination. Federal investigators are looking into other medicines produced by the company to see if they may be contaminated as well. NECC has a responsibility to the public to keep its facility sanitary to prevent outbreaks like this. For…
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