Abdominal hernias are a common injury that will affect more than 25% of all men and even some women during their lifetime. And, for the most part, they are resolved with a simple surgery. Each year, more than 350,000 people in the United States undergo hernia repair procedures.
Hernia repair may be performed with only sutures. However, for over 50 years, doctors have done most hernia repairs with a lightweight plastic mesh that bonds to the abdominal wall with scar tissue to add strength.
With a blood thinner market estimated at over $6 billion per year, three manufacturers have been fighting it out to get their drugs – Pradaxa, Xarelto and Eliquis – prescribed to as many patients as possible.
Never mind that these drugs have been linked to serious internal bleeding and death; or that, to this day, thousands of lawsuits have been filed and billions of dollars will be paid out to victims. The makers are determined to increase their market share by any means necessary.
Since the blood thinner Pradaxa burst onto the scene in 2010, experts have debated whether the drug is safer or riskier than stalwart Coumadin, even as thousands of patients have died or been hospitalized due to internal bleeding.
In 2014, faced with more than 4,000 patient lawsuits, Pradaxa maker Boehringer Ingelheim decided to pay $650 million to settle cases rather than face charges in a public court of law. And, by all accounts, the company thought that was the last of the Pradaxa lawsuits.
Millions of patients use prescription drugs or medical devices every day, trusting that these products are safe and have been properly tested. Sadly, this is not always the case. Thousands of families are affected by drug injury or death each year.
Many consumers don’t know that pharmaceutical companies and the FDA do not disclose all drug side effects or independent research of the safety of these products. They also may not know that millions of dollars are awarded each year to help those injured.
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Thousands of prescription drugs have been linked to side effects, but some of these are so severe they lead to recalls or restricted use. Learn if your medicine is included.
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