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July 26, 2012 / Alison Wilson

Plavix lawsuit filed in New York

Another lawsuit has been filed against the manufacturer of Plavix.  Plavix is a prescription blood thinner that was initially approved by the Federal Drug Administration in 1997 for the treatment and prevention of heart attack and stroke.   The label to Plavix has undergone numerous revisions since its initial approval.  Most recently, revisions to the Precautions and Warnings section of the Plavix label were made in December 2011.

On May 3, 2012, three complaints were filed in New York alleging that Plavix caused serious gastrointestinal bleeds.   According to the lawsuit, the plaintiffs suffered life-threatening bleeds and the medication caused severe injuries.  The injuries are alleged to be permanent and lasting in nature, and include physical pain, mental anguish, diminished enjoyment of life, the need for lifelong medical treatment, monitoring and/or medications, and fear of developing other health consequences.

The lawsuit also alleges that the defendants, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Sanofi-Aventis, falsely touted the safety and efficacy of the drug.   The plaintiffs claim that the defendants made negligent and fraudulent representations to the FDA, the public, and the medical and healthcare community regarding the testing, safety and effectiveness of the drug.  The lawsuit also alleges that the Defendants had knowledge that Plavix was defective but concealed that information from FDA, the public and the medical and healthcare community.

If you have suffered an injury as a result of taking Plavix, please contact Khorrami, LLP for more information.

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