Recent 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.
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