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Plavix®

SOME BACKGROUND

Plavix® received FDA approval in late 1997. The medication was manufactured by Sanofi-Aventis and also by Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. The prescription medication was designed to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease to include blood clots, heart attacks, and even strokes.

In a study conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it was discovered that patients who used Plavix® and aspirin together were at a higher increase of hemorrhaging. Another study conducted by the National Institutes of Health revealed that the Plavix®-aspirin treatment recommendation is no better for a patient than simply aspirin alone. The study also revealed that the Plavix®-aspirin combination can lead to an increased risk of gastrointestinal bleeding, especially in patients who have had a stroke previously.

In 2009, the FDA suggested that Plavix® adjust their warning label and product information to reflect that the medication’s effectiveness can be reduced by as much as half if taken with heartburn medications. After this announcement, it was stressed to doctors that they should use extreme caution when prescribing a combination of proton pump inhibiting medications and Plavix®.

Plavix®’s manufacturers made claims that Plavix® was superior to aspirin in preventing strokes and heart attacks in patients. The manufacturer’s claims have been proven to be incorrect and studies have shown that Plavix® does not have any significant benefits and can actually exacerbate the problems in some patients. In fact, patients who took a combination of Plavix® and aspirin were found to have a 6.5 percent increased chance of bleeding as opposed to only 3.3 percent who took aspirin alone.

Your health and the health of your loved ones may have been placed at risk because of pharmaceutical manufacturer error. Profit should never come above medical warnings. Contact Hughes & Coleman today for a FREE case evaluation.

Hughes & Coleman understands how serious the side effects from Plavix® can be.

This prescription medication can lead to various complications including:

  • Internal bleeding
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Ulcers
  • TTP or thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura
  • Blood clots
  • Death

Additionally, the New England Journal of Medicine reported that Plavix® taken to help reduce chances of stroke may not be effective and can cause issues with bleeding when taken with aspirin.

The FDA requires that manufacturer’s provide doctors and consumers with accurate information about the medication including warnings about the possible side effects. Some consumers who took Plavix® have suffered needless injuries because of the lack of information provided on the warning label of Plavix®.

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At Hughes & Coleman, we want to help you recover any compensation that you may be entitled to due to lost wages, pain and suffering, injuries, and medical bills.

If you or someone you love has suffered injuries because of Plavix®, contact Hughes & Coleman today for a FREE consultation. We are available to work with you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our team is committed to providing you with all of the information you need to make an informed decision about your lawsuit and how to move forward.

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