Plavix Side Effects Danger Unfolds In Study
- Ennis & Ennis
10/18/2012 - Plavix, manufactured by Bristol-Myers Squibb, is a medication that keeps blood platelets from sticking together and forming clots, thereby preventing heart attacks and strokes. However potentially fatal side effects have made this drug controversial and prompted research to test whether this drug is really necessary and beneficial for most patients.
In August 2012, The New England Journal of Medicine published a study revealing the combination of Plavix with aspirin versus aspirin alone 1) does not reduce the risk of stroke; 2) significantly increases the risk of death; 3) doubles the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding; and 4) more than doubles the risk of fatal hemorrhaging. . The anti-platelet portion of the study was terminated due to the significant risks posed by Plavix.
The studies that reveal the dangers of Plavix create controversy because Plavix is a huge money-maker for Bristol-Myers Squibb. Plavix is touted as the medication that will reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. In fact, Plavix was the second top selling drug in the United States in 2011 and approximately 2.5 million Plavix prescriptions are written in the U.S. every month, according to The Wall Street Journal. . The cost of Plavix averages $200 per month and the cost of aspirin averages $5 per month.
While the overabundance of prescriptions helps the Big Pharma, it is coming at the high expense of human lives. Overprescribing and underreporting of adverse events is a vicious cycle. Consumers need to report to the FDA all serious side effects of which medications fail to warn. This applies to family members of the deceased. Sudden deaths are rarely linked to drug side effects and are extremely underreported.
If you or a loved one has suffered a brain bleed, a significant gastrointestinal bleed or been diagnosed with Thrombotic Thrombocytepenic Purpura while taking Plavix, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the Plavix lawyers of Ennis & Ennis, P.A. today for a free confidential consultation by calling toll free 1-800-856-6405 or by filling out the free case evaluation form on this page.
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If you or a loved one have experienced Plavix Side Effects you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the Plavix attorneys of Ennis & Ennis today for a free confidential case evaluation. Our on staff nurse and lawyers are standing by to answer any questions you may have regarding Plavix side effects, a possible Plavix class action lawsuit, or any other type of Plavix litigation. Call us toll-free at: 1.800.856.6405 or fill out the free case evaluation form on this page.