New York, New York (PRWEB) February 24, 2012
Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm representing people injured by defective drugs, has filed three lawsuits on behalf of individuals allegedly injured by life-threatening Plavix bleeding side effects, including the estate of a man who died of a cerebral hemorrhage after taking Plavix. All three Plavix bleeding lawsuits were filed in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York, on February 21, 2012 (Docket Nos. 101831/2012; 101833/2012; and 101832/2012). Bristol -Myers Squibb Company and Sanofi-Aventis U.S., L.L.C. are named as Defendants in the complaints.
Plavix, a blood thinner known generically as clopidogrel, was first approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1997 for the prevention of heart attack and stroke. According to the Plavix lawsuits filed by Parker Waichman LLP, the Defendants falsely touted the drug as being more effective and safer in reducing the risk of ischemic events compared to a less expensive daily aspirin regimen. By 2005, Plavix was the sixth top selling drug in the U.S. and the Defendants enjoy annual sales of Plavix totaling 3.8 billion dollars, the complaints state.
Each of the lawsuits alleges that users of Plavix are at a greatly increased risk of serious, dangerous, and potentially fatal side effects including heart attack, stroke, internal bleeding, blood disorder and/or death. Complaints filed on behalf of two Ohio men allege the Plaintiffs suffered gastrointestinal hemorrhages as a result of their use of Plavix. The third lawsuit was filed on behalf of the estate of a man from Washington State who suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and died after using Plavix for less than a year.
All three Plavix bleeding lawsuits allege that use of the drug caused severe personal injuries which are permanent and lasting in nature, physical pain and mental anguish, including diminished enjoyment of life, as well as the need for lifelong medical treatment, monitoring and/or medications, and fear of developing other health consequences. Among other things, the complaints allege that Bristol-Myers Squibb and Sanofi-Aventis negligently and/or fraudulently represented to the medical and healthcare community, the FDA, the Plaintiffs and the public in general, that Plavix had been tested and was found to be safe and/or effective for its indicated use. The lawsuits further charge that the Defendants concealed their knowledge of Plavix defects from the Plaintiffs, the FDA, the public in general and/or the medical community specifically.
All three lawsuits charge Bristol-Myers Squibb and Sanofi-Aventis with Negligence; Strict Products Liability, including Defective Design, Manufacturing Defect, and Failure to Warn; Breach of Express and Implied Warranties; Fraudulent Misrepresentation; Fraudulent Concealment; Negligent Misrepresentation; Fraud and Deceit; and Consumer Fraud under New York State's General Business Law. The complaint filed on behalf of the Washington decedent also includes an additional count of Wrongful Death.
Each of the lawsuits seeks punitive, compensatory and exemplary damages on behalf of each Plaintiff, as well as attorney’s fees and costs, and other relief as the Court deems necessary, just and proper.
Parker Waichman LLP continues to offer free legal consultations to victims of Plavix side effects. If you or a loved experienced serious, life-threatening or fatal internal bleeding, heart attacks, strokes, or a blood disorder, and you believe Plavix is to blame, please contact their office by visiting the firm's Plavix side effects page at http://www.yourlawyer.com. Free case evaluations are also available by calling 1 800 LAW INFO (1-800-529-4636).
For more information regarding Plavix side effects lawsuits and Parker Waichman LLP, please visit: http://www.yourlawyer.com or call 1-800-LAW-INFO (1-800-529-4636).
Parker Waichman LLP
Herb Waichman, Partner