Plavix, or its generic form clopidogrel bisulfate, is used to as a blood thinner in patients at risk of heart attacks and strokes. The product has been FDA approved since 1997 and since then, more than 17,500 people have been studied to determine the safety and effectiveness of the drug Plavix. Recently, studies have found the side effects from the drug could increase the risk of serious or fatal health complications. Manufactured jointly by Bristol-Myers Squibb and Sanofi Pharmaceuticals, Plavix sales generate more than $6.3 billion in annual sales and have a vested interest in keeping the drug on the market. If you or a loved one has suffered side effects from the use of this drug, protect your legal rights to compensation by seeking a prompt consultation from a knowledgeable attorney.
Serious Health Complications Caused by Plavix
Plavix was often prescribed as an alternative to aspirin, as a safer drug that reduced the risk of gastrointestinal problems related to aspirins, while having the same anticlotting effect. However, a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that Plavix is not the safer alternative it was made out to be:
- Patients prone to stomach bleeding or ulcers were 12 times more likely to experience gastrointestinal problems than when treated with an aspirin and heart burn medication.
- Plavix increases the risk of recurrent bleeding and impairs the healing of ulcers.
- Off-label uses of Plavix in patients with high cholesterol or high blood pressure can double the risk of strokes, bleeding, and heart attacks.
- Aspirin is nearly 100 times cheaper per pill and safer than Plavix.
Symptoms of Gastrointestinal Bleeding
Bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract is one of the most common and dangerous side effects caused by Plavix. Because this condition can be potentially fatal, patients who experience any of the following symptoms are advised to contact their doctor immediately:
- Black stool
- Vomiting blood
- Passing blood
- Low blood pressure
- Increased pulse rate.
Pharmaceutical Company’s Liability
Both Bristol-Myers Squibb and Sanofi Pharmaceuticals have made billions in profit at the cost of thousands of patient’s health. The companies’ failure to provide accurate and sufficient warnings regarding the potential dangers of Plavix, coupled with their illegal promotion for Plavix off-label uses, has unnecessarily caused serious injuries to individuals already struggling with their health. Plavix victims may be able to hold the two pharmaceutical companies liable for the damages incurred as a result of their dangerous blood-thinning drug.
Choosing Estey Bomberger
The quality of your legal representation is especially important when attempting to recover damages from large pharmaceutical companies that have the resources to aggressively defend their product. With more than 70 years of collective experience, the Plavix side effects lawyers at Estey Bomberger offer qualified legal representation for serious injury victims under contingency agreements. Our attorneys are currently reviewing cases of patients who have experienced gastrointestinal bleeding, heart attacks, strokes, and other serious side effects for potential lawsuits. For a free consultation with an experienced Plavix injury lawyer, please schedule an appointment today.