Plavix Side Effects Trigger Lawsuits

date: 09/12/2012

According to several online reports, lawsuits have been filed against Sanofi-Aventis and Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., the manufacturers of Plavix. The reason for the lawsuits is the potential deadly side effects of the drug, including hemorrhaging and gastrointestinal bleeding.

Plavix was originally intended to prevent blood clots and reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes. In high risk patients, it is frequently prescribed with a low dose of aspirin to help prevent heart attacks.

In 1997, the United States Food and Drug Administration approved Plavix to be marketed in the states. However, in 2005, reports started coming out about problems patients were experiencing with the drug. For example, the New England Journal of Medicine published a story stating that Plavix caused an increase in ulcers. In 2006, the journal published another article about a study that showed combining Plavix with Aspirin had no major benefits over just taking Aspirin by itself.

In March of 2010, the FDA issued a black box warning for Plavix that included information to:

•    Warn about reduced effectiveness in patients who are poor metabolizers of Plavix. Poor metabolizers do not effectively convert Plavix to its active form in the body.
•    Inform healthcare professionals that tests are available to identify genetic differences in CYP2C19 function.
•    Advise healthcare professionals to consider use of other anti-platelet medications or alternative dosing strategies for Plavix in patients identified as poor metabolizers.

Most recently, in February of 2012, a European study was published showing that Aspirin can be equally as effective as Plavix in terms of improving leg circulation in those with blocked leg arteries (peripheral artery disease).

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Lulaine Compere is a Deal Origination Analyst at RD Legal Funding, LLC. He writes about numerous topics in the legal finance industry.

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