Lead plaintiff John Alvarez and 63 other plaintiffs who claim they or their loved ones were harmed by Plavix have filed a lawsuit in St. Clair County Court, Illinois against drug manufacturers Bristol-Myers Squibb Company and Sanofi Aventis.
According to the lawsuit, the plaintiffs suffered heart attacks and strokes after taking Plavix. The lawsuit says the defendants marketed the drug as able to “give a person even greater cardiovascular benefits than a much less expensive, daily aspirin while being safer and easier on a person’s stomach than aspirin.” The complaint also says that “Despite the growing body of scientific knowledge that the four-dollar Plavix pill was not much better than four-cent-a-day aspirin, Defendants kept promoting it to the public and to physicians, using hyperbole and outright falsification in the process.”
The lawsuit says that the drug makers failed to adequately warn physicians and consumers about the dangers of the drug, including that it allegedly causes heart attacks, internal bleeding, stroke, blood disorders, and even death.
The lawsuit seeks compensatory and economic damages, attorney’s fees, costs, and any relief the court deems fair and just.