FDA Should Warn Against Prolonged Use of Plavix for Stent Patients, Says U.S. Consumer Group

Published: Aug 22, 2013

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The US Food and Drug Administration should warn patients and doctors that taking the widely prescribed drug Plavix (clopidogrel), the now off-patent blockbuster anti-platelet agent from French drug major Sanofi (Euronext: SAN), for more than a year after having a drug-eluting stent implanted can lead to major bleeding, which can kill, US consumer health advocacy Public Citizen said in a petition to the agency. Public Citizen, which is urging the agency to issue a black box warning on Plavix, researched and sent the petition jointly with Neil Holtzman, whose wife died in 2011 after taking the drug for nearly two and a half years following implantation of a stent. Plavix is marketed by Bristol-Myers Squibb and Sanofi, as well as generic manufacturers.

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