June 20, 2012 — More than 80 new lawsuits have been filed over side effects of Plavix (clopidogrel), a popular anti-clotting drug used by millions of people worldwide to prevent strokes and heart attacks.
The manufacturers of Plavix, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Sanofi Aventis, are accused of failing to warn consumers and doctors about the serious risks of serious gastrointestinal bleeding. The companies are also accused of making false claims about the effectiveness of Plavix compared to aspirin.
The newest Plavix lawsuits were filed in Illinois and New York, including lawsuits filed on behalf of 64 different plaintiffs in St. Clair County, Illinois Circuit Court on May 24. Another 18 different people filed lawsuits in New York on May 30.
Many of the plaintiffs in these lawsuits are arguing that Plavix is no more effective than aspirin, and yet it is far more expensive and also exposes users to greater risk of serious side effects — including gastrointestinal bleeding. Furthermore, some plaintiffs say that the manufacturer of Plavix failed to warn them that Plavix is not effective for everyone.