Problems with Plavix have been confirmed by recent studies involving the use of the blood thinner. Although the makers were aware of these potential problems, they provided false and misleading information to the public and medical community.
The manufacturers have encouraged physicians to prescribe Plavix to patients beyond the scope approved by the FDA. Plavix was promoted for use by anyone who had a risk factor for a heart attack or stroke, including those who are obese, suffer diabetes or smoke. However, use should have been limited to those who already suffered a stroke, heart attack, had peripheral vascular disease or acute coronary syndrome.
The lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk are reviewing lawsuits for users of Plavix who experienced problems while using the drug, such as:
- Heart Attacks and Strokes
- Gastrointestinal Bleeding and Ulcers
- TTP Blood Disorder
To review a potential claim for yourself, a friend or family member, request a free consultation and claim evaluation.
Initial FDA approval was obtained in 1997 in a rare priority review. Although the medication received approval, many experts questioned the safety of Plavix and whether it case superior to Aspirin as promoted. Over the past ten years, several studies have been conducted regarding the use of Plavix to evaluate the use of the blood thinner. The results of several of these studies (some of which were funded by the manufacturers) clearly indicate that Plavix is not more effective than Aspirin, and actually increases the risk of sreious injury.
Our product liability lawyers reviewed several studies in determining to pursue Plavix lawsuits for users nationwide. Some of the findings from these studies include:
- Although Plavix cost nearly 100 times more per pill than Aspirin, it is no more effective at preventing heart attacks and strokes.
- Off-label Plavix use in patients with no prior heart attack or stroke nearly doubles the risk of heart attacks, strokes, internal bleeding or death when compared to Aspirin.
- Taking Aspirin plus a heart burn pill is more cost effective than taking a Plavix a day, and is less likely to result in stomach bleeds.
- Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) occurs more frequently with Plavix. TTP is a rare, potentially fatal, drug reaction which impacts the skin.
- Plavix is substantially more dangerous for patients with previously healed stomach ulcers. Although promotional materials have indicated that Plavix is safer on the stomach than Aspirin, for individuals with prior healed stomach ulcers, the combined use of Aspirin and Plavix results in a 12 times greater risk of recurring stomach bleeds than using Aspirin alone.
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LAWSUITS OVER PROBLEMS WITH PLAVIX
Lawsuits are being pursued as a result of these Plavix health problems which the manufacturers failed to warn users about. As a result, thousands of unnecessary injuries have been suffered. Claims are being investigated nationwide to seek compensation. If you a friend or family member have suffered a heart attack, stroke, gastrointestinal bleeding, ulcers, TTP or death after using Plavix, request a free consultation and claim evaluation.
The Plavix lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. can review your potential claim and help determine if you may be entitled to compensation. There are no fees or expenses unless a recovery is obtained.