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Parker Waichman files lawsuit on behalf of Plavix hemorrhaging victim

Filed August 8th, 2012 Joshua Sophy

A New York woman claims her taking the blood-thinner drug Plavix caused her to suffer severe gastrointestinal hemorrhaging.

The complaint filed in Supreme Court of New York against Bristol-Myers Squibb and Sanofi-Aventis claims the makers of Plavix knew about the risk of severe gastrointestinal and cerebral hemorrhaging but failed to warn the public of these risks. The woman is being represented by the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP, which represents other victims of severe injuries caused by Plavix.

Plavix was touted as a “super aspirin” and was often pushed to be taken in conjunction with common aspirin as a more preventative measure in avoiding heart attack, stroke, blood clots, and death. Recent studies have shown that taking Plavix provides little, if any, clinical benefit at preventing these conditions over traditional aspirin, which is available over-the-counter and at a greatly reduced cost compared to the prescription drug.

The lawsuit, in addition to seeking claims that the company hid data that ultimately led to serious and permanent injuries, also alleges the companies ignored federal warnings in 2006 to stop touting Plavix’ ability to prevent stroke and heart attacks over the OTC aspirin. The New York woman started taking Plavix in 2009 and soon after that, suffered a gastrointestinal hemorrhage that’s resulted in more medical complications.

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