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Plavix Lawsuit


plavix lawsuitRecent studies published by the New England Journal of Medicine have linked Plavix (clopidogrel bisulfate) to serious, life-threatening side effects including heart attack, stroke, internal bleeding, hemorrhages,  ulcers, Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, and death.

Plavix Lawsuit Update 6/20/12: Bristol-Meyers Squibb and Sanofi Aventis face a wave of new complaints filed in recent weeks over gastrointestinal bleeding from Plavix. In total, more than 80 new legal claims have been filed against the companies as part of multi-plaintiff lawsuits in New York and Illinois state court. Click here to learn more.

If you or a loved one has taken Plavix and experienced any serious side effects, you should contact us immediately. You may be entitled to compensation for your Plavix-induced injuries and our lawyers can help.

Plavix Bleeding Study Update: The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) has halted part of a stroke-prevention study because the combination of Plavix and aspirin was linked to significantly increased rates of bleeding and death versus aspirin alone. The Plavix warning and action to stop the Plavix-aspirin wing of the study came after a data-monitoring safety board found that 6.5% of patients treated with the combination of drugs experienced a bleeding event, compared to just 3.3% of those taking aspirin alone. Additionally, there were more deaths in the combination group than in the aspirin group, 5.8% versus 4.1%. Click here to learn more.

What’s the problem?

Plavix (clopidogrel bisulfate), manufactured and distributed by Sanofi-Aventis and/or Bristol-Myers Squibb is the sixth top selling drug in the United States with sales totaling $3.8 billion dollars.

Doctors commonly prescribe Plavix in combination with aspirin as a preventative measure against strokes and heart attacks.

A recent study published by the New England Journal of Medicine has found, “although doctors believe the combination of Plavix and aspirin should reduce the risk of a second heart attack, the combination not only does not help, but it nearly doubles the risk of death, heart attack or stroke in people with no history of heart disease. It was also found to be associated with increased risk for moderate and severe bleeding.”

Furthermore, a study that was published in the Archives of Internal Medicine and conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), found that serious, life-threatening bleeding events among patients being treated with a Plavix aspirin combination vs the typical Warafin only treatment were only 50% less likely to be admitted to an emergency room facility at a hospital.

Plavix Lawsuits Filed: Our colleagues have recently filed a Plavix class action lawsuit claiming that the Defendants (manufacturers and distributors of Plavix) “rushed the drug to market and then launched an aggressive marketing campaign touting Plavix as providing greater cardiovascular benefits than aspirin, while being safer and easier on a person’s stomach.”

Furthermore and in part, the lawsuit also claims that the aforementioned assertions are not only false, but that the Company knew about the serious health complications from the use of Plavix from its own studies and had been warned by the FDA repeatedly to stop its fraudulent advertising. “The company did not stop its misleading advertising, nor did it alert the public to the life threatening side effects of Plavix.”

Plavix Side Effects

Plavix has been linked to a variety of side effects including, abdominal pain, coughing gout, chest pain, irregular heartbeat, pneumonia, severe headaches, sinus inflammation, and bone marrow damage. However, the most serious and life-threatening side effects include:

  • Internal Bleeding
  • Gastrointestinal Bleeding
  • Cerebral Bleeding or Hemorrhage
  • Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (TTP)
  • Bone Marrow Damage
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Ulcers
  • Death

Do I have a Plavix Lawsuit?

The Defective Drug Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus exclusively on the representation of plaintiffs in Plavix side effect lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new Plavix cases in all 50 states.

If you or a loved one has taken Plavix and experienced any serious side effects, you should contact us immediately. You may be entitled to compensation for your Plavix-induced injuries and our lawyers can help.

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