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AG Recuses Self as West Virginia Sues Sanofi Over Plavix Claims

Filed August 13th, 2013 Joshua Sophy

West Virginia’s attorney general has recused himself from his state’s lawsuit against the maker of the prescription drug Plavix because he used to lobby for the company and his wife still does.

According to a report this week from The West Virginia Gazette, AG Patrick Morrisey removed himself from the state’s lawsuit against Sanofi. West Virginia alleges that Sanofi misrepresented the benefits of Plavix, a blood thinner drug that’s supposed to prevent blood clots, heart attacks, and strokes.

Based on our previous reports, this is not the first time Sanofi has faced these allegations. In fact, it was Sanofi that promoted Plavix as a type of super-aspirin that was said to be more effective at preventing blood clots. These claims have since been disputed by clinical evidence that shows Plavix is no more effective than aspirin and that it is actually linked to harmful side effects that the over-the-counter drug is not.

Sanofi charged West Virginia 100-times the cost of aspirin for its Plavix drug, according to The Gazette’s report. Sanofi is accused of violating the state’s Consumer Credit and Protection Act.

Our previous accounts show that Plavix, in addition to being no more effective than aspirin in the prevention of blood clots, is linked to some life-threatening side effects. Previous reports show that people who’ve taken Plavix have suffered cerebral and gastrointestinal hemorrhaging.

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