Document and Entity Information
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2015
Nov. 05, 2015
Document and Entity Information [Abstract]    
Entity Registrant Name MEDICINES CO /DE  
Entity Central Index Key 0001113481  
Document Type 10-Q  
Document Period End Date Sep. 30, 2015  
Amendment Flag false  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2015  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q3  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31  
Entity Filer Category Large Accelerated Filer  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   69,444,101