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Plavix Lawsuits Claim Drug Caused Serious Bleeding

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National law firm, Parker Waichman LLP, has just filed several new lawsuits on behalf of individuals who were allegedly injured by life-threatening Plavix bleeding side effects. The three new Plavix lawsuits claim the drug causes serious bleeding.
The complaints were filed on May 3, 2012, in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York (Index Nos. 152380/2012, 152381/2012, and 152382/2012). Each alleges that use of Plavix caused the plaintiffs to suffer serious gastrointestinal bleeds.

This is not the first time patients have complained of side effects from the popular blood thinner. Parker Waichman LLP filed an additional six Plavix bleeding lawsuits on April 30, 2012, also in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York (Index Nos. 152244/2012; 152232/2012; 152253/2012; 152234/2012; 152238/2012; and 152250/2012). Those complaints also allege that the plaintiffs’ use of Plavix caused them to suffer from a number of bleeding side effects, including gastrointestinal hemorrhage, cerebral hemorrhage, and a blood condition called thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP).

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) first approved Plavix (clopidogrel) in 1997 for the prevention of heart attack and stroke.

The Plavix lawsuits filed by Parker Waichman LLP claim that the defendants— Bristol-Myers Squibb and Sanofi-Aventis—falsely touted the drug as being more effective and safer in reducing the risk of ischemic events versus a less expensive daily aspirin regimen. By 2005, Plavix was the sixth top-selling drug in the U.S. with the defendants enjoying annual Plavix sales of $3.8 billion, according to the complaint.

The lawsuits allege that Plavix users are at a significantly increased risk for suffering serious, dangerous, and potentially fatal side effects that include heart attack, stroke, internal bleeding, blood disorder, and/or death. The complaints further allege that Plavix use caused severe and permanent personal injuries; physical pain; mental anguish, including diminished enjoyment of life and fear of developing other health consequences; and the need for lifelong medical treatment, monitoring, and/or medications. Plavix has also been linked to dangerous side effects that include ulcers, bone marrow damage.

Among other things, the complaints allege that Bristol-Myers Squibb and Sanofi-Aventis negligently and/or fraudulently represented Plavix to the medical and healthcare community; the FDA; the plaintiffs; and the public, in general, that the blood thinner had been tested and was found to be safe and/or effective for its indicated use. The complaint also alleges that the drug makers hid their knowledge of Plavix defects.

Meanwhile, researchers have learned that Plavix does not offer increased benefits over side effects in patients suffering from chronic kidney disease, according to a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The study revealed that anti-platelet therapy with standard care increased major and minor bleeding in these patients.

According to the authors, patient with chronic kidney disease are at a 25-30% increased risk for developing cardiovascular disease, with the risk increasing to 50-fold or greater in patients with end-stage kidney disease. Patients with chronic kidney disease are often prescribed anti-platelet therapy, such as Plavix, to prevent heart disease, though these patients may experience increased bleeding risks with these medications.

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