Plavix May Cause Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage. Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm representing people injured by defective drugs, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of a California man who suffered a gastrointestinal hemorrhage while using Plavix. The lawsuit, which was filed in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York (Index No. 154914/2012) on July 26, 2012, alleges that the Plaintiff’s injuries were caused by ‘Plavix’.
According to the Complaint, the Plaintiff used ‘Plavix’ from approximately August 2005 through January 2012. The Plaintiff suffered severe and permanent personal injuries, including a gastrointestinal hemorrhage, allegedly due to his use of ‘Plavix’.
The Complaint alleges that the use of ‘Plavix’ greatly increases the risk that a patient will suffer serious side effects, including heart attack, stroke, internal bleeding, blood disorders and death.
Facts About The Drug’s Safety
It further claims that the Defendants, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company and Sanofi-Aventis U.S., L.L.C, acted unethically in marketing ‘Plavix’, and alleges that the Plaintiff would not have suffered injuries if the manufacturers had disclosed all the facts about the drug’s safety.
Among other things, the Complaint claims the Defendants marketed ‘Plavix’ in a misleading manner by touting it as superior to Aspirin in preventing blood clots, in defiance of directives from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and despite research that casts doubt on Plavix’s supposed superiority.
In 2006, for example, a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that Aspirin alone is just as effective as Aspirin plus ‘Plavix’ with regards to preventing atherothrombotic events.
The year prior, another New England Journal of Medicine study reported that the incidence of recurring stomach bleeding was 8.6% among Plavix patients versus only .7% in the Aspirin group.
Yet, despite a growing body of scientific knowledge that the $4.00/day ‘Plavix’ pill was not much better than a four-cent-a-day Aspirin, the lawsuit alleges that Defendants continued (and still continue) to promote it to the public and to physicians, using hyperbole and outright falsification.
Parker Waichman LLP continues to offer free legal consultations to victims of alleged ‘Plavix’ side effects, including:
- Cerebral hemorrhage
- Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (TTP)
- Gastrointestinal bleeding
- Internal bleeding
- Bone marrow damage
- Heart attack