Experts are reviewing the drug eluting stent problems
An FDA panel of experts is expected to meet this week to review the drug eluting stent problems, which have generated a lot of concern in the medical community. They will evaluate the drug coated stent blood clot risk, and make recommendations to the FDA about what should be done to protect consumers.
The Johnson & Johnson Cypher stent and Boston Scientific Taxus stent have been shown to increase the risk of potentially fatal blood clots months or even years after the stent is put in place. A study published today by the Journal of the American College of Cardiology has added fuel to the concerns about drug eluting stent problems. When compared to bare-metal stents, the study demonstrated that these stents double the risk of a heart attack or stroke after blood thinners are stopped.
The FDA will evaluate whether the long term risk of blood clots outweighs the benefits provided by the drug coating. They may restrict the profile of which patients should be given drug eluting stents. Another possibility would be a revision of the recommended course of Plavix, or other blood thinners, which should be taken after the stent is put in place. Some doctors have indicated that it may be necessary for those receiving drug eluting stents to take Plavix for years to reduce the risk of blood clots.
It is unclear whether the FDA will address the increased risk of potential Plavix side effects which could be caused if the blood thinner is taken for years. Studies have indicated that Plavix dangers could lead to an increased risk of severe grastrointestinal bleeding, ulcers, heart attacks, strokes, TTP blood disorders and death. Plavix has been the subject of recent lawsuits for users who have suffered these injuries.
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