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Plavix Plaintiff Claims Blood Thinner No Better Than Aspirin

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Bristol-Myers Squibb and Sanofi face another lawsuit over their blood thinning drug Plavix. The company promotes Plavix as being better than aspirin for prevention of heart attacks and strokes but plaintiffs claim this is not true.

In fact, the company currently faces more than 20 suits filed in New Jersey federal court over Plavix, with similar claims that the drug is no more effective than aspirin but has more risks.

Beatrice Mills of Arizona is among the numerous consumers who claim the company falsely promoted Plavix as being superior to aspirin even though the U.S. Food and Administration (FDA) warned them to stop, reported BNet.com.

Mills was hospitalized in 2009 for uncontrollable bleedings after taking Plavix and claims the drug permanently damaged her health.

In 1998, the FDA warned Bristol-Myers Squibb and Sanofi to stop marketing Plavix as being better than aspirin following a 1996 study published by the Lancet journal. Researchers wanted to determine whether Plavix was more effective than aspirin, says BNet.com, at reducing the risk of heart attacks.

They concluded long-term use of the drug in patients with atherosclerotic vascular disease is more effective than aspirin. However, results revealed Plavix patients had a 5.32 percent risk of a cardiovascular event while those taking aspirin had a 5.83 percent risk.

According to the FDA, this slight difference did not warrant the company’s marketing tactics, saying the difference was of “marginal statistical significance.”

Again in 2001, the FDA warned the company to stop overstating the 1996 study results and even accused them of fabricating numbers in the ad which did not match statistical information on the Plavix information label, reported BNet.com

Additionally, two studies in a New England Journal of Medicine study found Plavix was not more useful than aspirin. In 2005, study findings showed aspirin combined with Prilosec was actually better than Plavix in preventing ulcer bleeding. The researchers concluded the company’s current recommendation of patients taking Plavix over aspirin was not supported.

The 2006 study concluded there was no benefit to adding Plavix to long-term aspirin therapy for patients with multiple cardiovascular risks, reported BNet.com

Despite the study findings and FDA warnings, between 1996 and 2001, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Sanofi ran ads suggesting Plavix was better than aspirin. According to BNet.com, the company created an ad in the U.K., which stated:

• Imagine you’ve had a stroke
• Imagine being prescribed aspirin
• Imagine improving on that.

The company continues to deny allegations of false marketing and responded they “have strong defenses in these cases.”

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