Plavix Lawsuit Attorney
Information for Stroke & Heart Attack Patients
The drug Plavix, medically referred to as Copidrogrel, is used to prevent strokes and heart attacks in patients who suffer from medical conditions causing either one of these health issues. The drug, which has been placed in the category of antiplatelet drugs, works by helping the body prevent dangerous blood clots from accumulating, as it is under these conditions that a person is most likely to suffer from a stroke or heart attack. Plavix has also been used to treat people suffering from mitral valve disease - a condition affecting the valve that separates the upper and lower chambers of the left side of the heart - by preventing blood clots. In addition, the drug has been administered to people with artificial heart valves as well as those undergoing heart procedures such as stent placements in the coronary artery.
Did you know that Plavix users are at risk?
In order for Plavix to work, it must be changed to an active form in your body; without doing so, it will be ineffective in treating your condition. The risk in taking Plavix is the fact that not all people are as able to convert the drug to its active form as easily as others. This, in effect, puts said users at higher risk of having a stroke or heart attack. Not only must users of the drug be aware of this fact, they should also be cognizant of the medication's many side effects, some of which include:
- Excessive tiredness
- Stomach pain
Unlike many other drugs in its class, Plavix has been shown to have a number of more serious side effects, far more than the minor adverse symptoms that some Plavix users have developed. Therefore, it is expected that your doctor thoroughly review the seriousness of the symptoms you may experience prior to prescribing you the medication. People taking Plavix are at risk of developing the following serious side effects: difficult breathing or swallowing, shortness of breath, fast heartbeat, unusual bleeding or bruising, bloody vomit, vomit that looks like coffee grounds, bleeding under the skin, yellowing of the skin or eyes,
birth defects and a number of other adverse conditions that could seriously jeopardize the user's health.
In March of 2010, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) called for a revised boxed warning to be added to the Plavix drug. Per the FDA's standards, the new warning label was required to include information alerting health care professionals and their patients of the drug's tendencies to produce less than effective results in users who are unable to metabolize the medication, effectively making it impossible for them to convert it to its active form.
The FDA's warning of reduced effectiveness followed a series of medical investigations that brought to light the fact that certain people (those whose CYP2C19 liver enzyme functioning is reduced) are not able to successfully convert Plavix to its active form, thereby reducing their ability to effectively stave off the possibility of strokes and heart attacks. The FDA felt compelled to warn users, particularly those who were deemed to be poor metabolizers, of the possibility that they would remain at risk for strokes, heart attacks and even cardiovascular death.
Unfortunately, prior to 2010, users of Plavix remained unaware of the drugs deficiencies. Some faithfully took the medication under false pretenses that they were actively preventing further medical and health issues, when in fact the drug was nothing more than ineffective. Estimates speculate that anywhere from two to fourteen percent of the U.S. population may be poor metabolizers, making the risk of suffering from a stroke or heart attack while taking Plavix alarmingly high. Anyone taking Plavix is advised to speak to their doctor immediately and patients who have already suffered unnecessarily should not hesitate to contact our office s today.
Plavix victims have legal rights!
At Napoli Bern Ripka Shkolnik, LLP we here to help you recover from the adverse side effects that you may have suffered from as a result of taking the drug Plavix. Nationally recognized, we have been successful in a number of the cases we have represented in state and federal courts throughout the country. We have offices in California, Illinois, Florida, Pennsylvania, New York City, New Jersey and Long Island and we are available to represent your case in any location. It is our vast resources and thorough understanding of the court system - at the state, federal and appellate levels - that has earned us the respect of our peers and an AV® rating from Martindale-Hubbell®.
If you are suffering from adverse side effects that were caused by taking Plavix then you owe it to yourself to take legal action. The person(s) responsible for the harms that were done to you should be held accountable - legally and personally - and an associate at our firm is ready to help you do exactly that. Our firm's senior partners have each been named as New York Super Lawyers® and are included among the
top 100 trial lawyers of the state as well as the
top 500 plaintiff's lawyers in all of the U.S. When you contact our firm today, you will be provided with a free consultation at which time we will thoroughly review your case and help you determine the best course of action, so do not hesitate to
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