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Published on Mar 13, 2006 by Edgar Snyder

Plavix’s Safety Questionable


Taking Plavix in addition to aspirin to prevent a first heart attack? You could be wasting your time. A study, soon to be published in The New England Journal of Medicine, found Plavix offered no benefit over low-dose aspirin treatment, and caused dangerous internal bleeding.

The trial studied 15,000 Plavix users who were either at risk for a heart attack or stroke and those who previously had a stroke, heart attack, or blocked artery in the leg.

The study found:

  • The drug greatly increased the risk of internal bleeding in those patients trying to prevent a heart attack or stroke.
  • Plavix offered a small benefit, about a 1% reduction, when patients who already suffered a cardiovascular event used it with aspirin..

Plavix is the world’s top-selling drug and generates more than $6 billion in annual sales.

For more information about dangerous and recalled drugs, visit the Dangerous and Recalled Drugs Legal Center.

Drug litigation may involve co-counsel.

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