More Lawsuits Added to New York Plavix Side Effects LitigationOct 3, 2013
More than 40 people are among the latest to join a growing lawsuit against the makers of the blood thinner drug Plavix, claiming it caused serious and life-threatening side effects.
The lawsuits were recently filed together as part of a master lawsuit in New York state court, according to Law360.com. In addition to claiming that Plavix caused side effects like gastrointestinal and cerebral hemorrhaging, the lawsuit also alleges that Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. and Sanofi-Aventis hid data that showed Plavix was no more effective than ordinary aspirin and continued to market it as such.
These companies are facing numerous lawsuits across the country that make similar claims against the makers of Plavix.
Based on our reports, there is ample evidence that shows Plavix is not more effective than aspirin at preventing blood clots and stroke. The drug companies responsible for the drug have touted Plavix as a type of "super aspirin" and have promoted its use in combination with the common over-the-counter drug.
However, our reports also show that people taking Plavix have reported serious and life-threatening injuries while using the drug. Increased rates of gastrointestinal hemorrhaging and cerebral hemorrhaging have been reported among people prescribed Plavix.
Our data also shows that Plavix appears to be linked to adverse events that it's supposed to be preventing, including heart attack and stroke. Plavix has also been linked to the condition known as thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP).
A recent study published in New England Journal of Medicine showed that people taking the drug Plavix faced a 12-times greater risk of suffering gastrointestinal bleeding and chronic ulcers than those who took aspirin and a heartburn drug.