Sanofi-Aventis and Bristol-Myer Squibb, the manufacturers of Plavix, have received several FDA warning letters regarding false and misleading statements made in promotional materials for the blood thinner. These FDA letters clearly indicate that the manufacturers were more concerned with increasing sales and profits, at the expense of providing fair and accurate information to consumers and doctors. At the time Plavix was developed, the makers’ own studies demonstrated that the drug was not any better than Aspirin at preventing heart attacks and strokes.

Through proper evaluation of clinical trials, the limited benefits as opposed to the increased risk of heart attacks, strokes, internal bleeding and even death should have been apparent. There has been a great deal of Plavix litigation around the country. The FDA asked the manufacturers on several occasions to change their misleading statements and stop promoting unproven uses of the medication. But nothing was done. Finally, the new Plavix warning has a black box, the FDA’s most severe warning.

Anyone who has taken Plavix and suffered a heart attack or had a family member who died after taking the drug can contact Melissa Prickett, a lawyer in our Mass Torts Section, to find out if there is a potential claim. Melissa can be contacted at 800-898-2034 or by email at Melissa.Prickett@beasleyallen.com.

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