Pradaxa User's Win Could Doom Thousands Of Other Suits

By Daniel Siegal (September 20, 2019, 7:48 PM EDT) -- A Connecticut judge has upheld a jury's finding that Boehringer Ingelheim's blood thinner Pradaxa caused a man's internal bleeding, but in a surprise twist, the post-verdict ruling could spell the end of thousands of other consolidated Pradaxa suits.

While Connecticut Superior Court Judge Carl Schuman sided with plaintiff Eugene Roberto on one claim in upholding his bellwether trial win, the judge said in his Sept. 11 ruling that federal law preempts Roberto's allegation that Boehringer Ingelheim should have warned doctors to monitor the level of Pradaxa in their patients' blood.

Judge Schuman is presiding over a consolidated proceeding containing nearly 2,800...

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