The anticoagulant (blood thinner) Plavix® was approved by the FDA in 1997, and introduced to the market by Bristol-Myers Squibb. The product was initially sold with the understanding that it was more effective than aspirin at preventing blood clots, heart attacks, and strokes. However, over time, many studies have shown that, a.) it is not more effective than aspirin, b.) that taking Plavix® with Prilosec and other drugs, reduces its effectiveness by nearly 50%, c.) risk of gastrointestinal bleeding, cerebral bleeding, actually increases because of the treatment and d.) serious side effect, Thrombotic thrombocytopenic Purpura or TTP, increases significantly when taking the drug.
It was also found that nearly 20% of the population has a genetic condition that makes it unable to activate the drug.
From the beginning, Plavix® was sold as being more effective than aspirin. The cost per pill, however compares to nearly $4 for Plavix® to 4 cents per aspirin pill. The claim of increased effectiveness has never been clinically verified, and in fact, the side effects of the preparation may outweigh the benefits for many patients.
Las Vegas Plavix® Lawsuit
The product Plavix®, is prescribed nearly 3 million times a month in the U.S., and has become the 6th best-selling pharmaceutical, generating billions of dollars in revenue for manufacturers Bristol-Myers Squibb and Sanofi Pharmaceuticals. The product was rushed to market without comprehensive testing in 1997, and was marketing as being superior to aspirin in defiance of the FDA who found those claims dubious at best.
If you have taken the product Plavix® or another blood-thinning medication and have experienced heart attack, gastro-intestinal ulcers, cerebral bleeding, TTP, bone marrow or kidney damage, call the Plavix® Lawsuit lawyers at the Richard Harris Personal Injury Law Firm for a no cost consultation today. Call (702) 444-4444, or fill out our Free Consultation Form.
Adverse Side Effects
Over 11,000 lawsuits have been filed against Plavix®’s manufacturers for failure to properly warn consumers of potential risks. These cases have been consolidated into a Multi-District Litigation (MDL) #2418, being heard by Judge Freda L. Wolfson in the District of New Jersey.
Side effects experienced by many users of the drug include:
- Heart Attack
- Gastrointestinal bleeding (Ulcers)
- Brain Bleeding
- TTP – Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura
- Bone Marrow Damage
- Kidney Damage
Never stop taking any medication without first consulting your doctor.
The Richard Harris Law Firm is not associated with, sponsored by, or affiliated with the U. S. Food and Drug Administration, Bristol-Myers Squibb, or Sanofi Pharmaceuticals.
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