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Plavix Sued for Subdural Hematomas

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Marcella Chesney has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, against Sanofi-Aventis and Bristol-Myers Squibb, alleging that Plavix caused bilateral subdural hematomas or blood clots on both sides of her brain.

According to the lawsuit, Chesney starting taking Plavix in March 2010, and suffered blood clots four months later. As a result, Chesney will need to take medications for the rest of her life and has suffered permanent and debilitating injury.

In the lawsuit, Chesney alleges that Sanofi-Aventis and Bristol-Myers Squibb should have known or did know that Plavix was no better a blood thinner than aspirin, but that the companies marketed the medicine as a ‘super-aspirin’.

Chesney’s claims are similar to the more than 40 claims filed in New Jersey court, which nearly all say that Plavix promoted the 4-dollar-a-day pill as safer and better than 4-cent- a-day aspirin. Plaintiffs in those cases also say they suffered injury as result of taking Plavix, including severe ulcers, heart attack, gastrointestinal bleeding, and even a rare blood disorder called thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpora or TTP.

The lawsuits also point out that the FDA cited the manufacturers repeatedly for illegal promotions, including off label uses, and for marketing the drug as more beneficial than aspirin and safer for the stomach, claims the FDA said were unproven, and in fact, doubtful. disclaimer: This article: Plavix Sued for Subdural Hematomas was posted on Thursday, July 14th, 2011 at 8:03 pm at and is filed under Defective Drug Lawsuits.

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