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Plavix Falsely Marketed as Superior Version of Aspirin

Filed March 28th, 2013 edlieber1

A group of Korean researchers found that extra-extended dual platelet therapy with Plavix and aspirin is no better than aspirin alone in patients who have a drug-eluting stent.

In a study known as the DES-LATE trial, researchers found that dual therapy with Bristol-Myers Squibb and Sanofi-Aventis’s Plavix and aspirin also carried a higher risk of bleeding compared with aspirin-only therapy. This is just the latest data in a growing body of research that shows how adding Plavix to standard aspirin therapy offers few additional benefits, and can in fact be dangerous, said. The research supports anyone who has filed a lawsuit over the blood thinning drug, and helps confirm that Plavix is an unnecessary treatment falsely marketed as a superior version of aspirin.

The researchers found that the risks of heart attack, stroke and cardiac death were the same whether patients were taking aspirin and Plavix for 36 months or longer, or switched to aspirin alone after one year, said. Cheol Whan Lee, MD, and his colleagues presented the study at the American College of Cardiology, saying that there was no other endpoint favoring dual therapy.

Bristol-Myers Squibb and Sanofi-Aventis, the manufacturers, are facing a host of lawsuits over injuries alleged to be from the blood thinner, said. They are also under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice over claims they made about Plavix to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding the responses of individuals to the drug. In March 2010, the FDA updated the Plavix label to include a black box warning stating that close to 3 percent of the population is unable to metabolize the blood thinner.

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