Alere INRatio users suffering severe bleeding events after relying on erroneous PT/INR reading
Patients taking blood-thinning drugs like warfarin need to be aware of their PT/INR levels to prevent serious injuries or death. These incidents may occur because of severe bleeding events brought on by inappropriate warfarin doses. Many warfarin users rely on the Alere INRatio PT/INR monitor system and test strips to provide their doctors with the information needed to adjust warfarin regimens and keep PT/INR levels in a therapeutic range.
If warfarin patients are given an incorrect PT/INR reading by their Alere INRatio monitor system, they may transmit this information to their doctors, who may not make necessary adjustments to warfarin dosage levels. Some Alere INRatio users have suffered serious bleeding events after receiving an erroneously low PT/INR reading by the Alere INRatio monitor system.
Alere issues urgent recall after reports of malfunctions leading to injury, death
Alere admitted to the Food and Drug Administration it received almost 19,000 complaints regarding its INRatio monitor system. In December 2014, a Class I recall was issued for all Alere INRatio monitor system and test strips manufactured between April 2008 and December 2014.
At least three deaths have been linked to erroneously low PT/INR levels issued by the Alere INRatio monitor system and test strips. Six severe injuries have been linked to the Alere INRatio monitor system and test strips. There has been little information released by Alere and the FDA about the recall and there may be many more injuries or deaths resulting from users of the Alere INRatio monitor system receiving erroneously low PT/INR readings.
Product liability attorneys investigating wrongful death claims on behalf of Alere INRatio users
The Cochran Firm, D.C. is actively investigating the wrongful deaths of Alere INRatio users who were given an erroneously low PT/INR reading. Alere and its corporate predecessors knew about problems with the INRatio monitor system at least 10 years ago.
The law provides family members with the power to file wrongful death claims on behalf of their deceased family member. Wrongful death claims are lawsuits brought against wrongdoers whose recklessness, negligence, or wrongful act resulted in the death of another. If you believed your loved one died as the result of receiving an erroneously low PT/INR reading, you may entitled to substantial compensation.
The product liability attorneys at The Cochran Firm, D.C. can help you recover lost wages, hospital bills, funeral costs, pain and suffering, and other damages. We offer free, prompt, and confidential case reviews and there is no obligation after speaking with us. When prosecuting wrongful death claims, our attorneys work on a contingency basis which means there are no legal fees unless we recover for you.
Strict time deadlines apply when filing a wrongful death or product liability lawsuit so we ask that you please contact us at your earliest convenience in order to preserve your rights. Call us locally at 202-682-5800 during business hours or 24 hours a day at 1-800-THE-FIRM (843-3476). You may also fill out a contact form online.