Plavix, a blood thinner that is purported to prevent blood clots, heart attacks and strokes, could be doing many patients more harm than good. Lawsuits on Plavix are being investigated due to serious side effects, including the heart attacks and strokes it is supposed to prevent, as well as gastrointestinal bleeding, bleeding ulcers, cerebral bleeding, thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) and other problems.
In many cases, these Plavix side effects can have fatal outcomes. It has become clear that Plavix was rushed to market without enough testing to protect users from possible serious side effects, and that in many cases, its benefits do not outweigh its risks.
If you or a loved one suffered from a serious Plavix side effect, you may be eligible to file a Plavix lawsuit and receive compensation for your injuries. The defective drug attorneys at the personal injury law firm of Parker Waichman LLP are offering free Plavix lawsuit evaluations to anyone who suffered a heart attack, stroke, gastrointestinal bleeding, TTP or other Plavix side effect. We urge you to contact Parker Waichman LLP today to protect your legal rights.
Plavix Side Effects
Plavix (generic: clopidogrel bisulfate) was approved in 1997 for prevention of blood clots and to reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Plavix is the sixth top selling drug in the U.S., with sales totaling $3.8 billion dollars.
As far back as 1998, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) expressed its concern with the claims made by the drug’s manufacturers, Bristol-Myers Squibb/Sanofi Pharmaceuticals about Plavix. The agency charged that the companies falsely credited Plavix with the ability to be more effective than aspirin in treating heart disease.
In fact, a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that patients taking Plavix were 12 times more likely than those taking aspirin and a heartburn pill to experience severe gastrointestinal bleeding and chronic ulcers. Moreover, research revealed that Plavix and aspirin combined offered patients NO BENEFIT over standard low-dose aspirin therapy. Plavix was also found to be associated with increased risk for moderate and serious bleeding. The study concluded that the cost and risks of Plavix did not justify its use for the prevention of coronary artery disease and heart attack.
Potential Plavix side effects include:
- Heart attack
- Bone Marrow Damage
- Gastrointestinal & Cerebral Bleeding or Ulcers – Plavix may cause potentially fatal hemorrhaging, including severe gastrointestinal bleeding in patients with a history of peptic ulcer disease (PUD) or other stomach conditions.
- Bleeding Ulcers
- Cerebral Bleeding
- Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (TTP) – A rare blood condition that causes blood clots to form in small blood vessels throughout the body. The blood clots can cause serious problems if they block the blood vessels and limit blood flow to the brain, kidneys, or heart.
Legal Help for Victims of Plavix Side Effects
If you or a loved one suffered a heart attack, stroke, gastrointestinal bleeding or TTP while taking Plavix, you may have valuable legal rights. Parker Waichman LLP wants you to discuss your case with one of our Plavix side effect lawyers, fill out our online form, or call 1-800- YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529) today.