A federal judge in New Jersey recently granted summary judgment to Plavix drug makers Bristol Myers-Squibb Company (“BMS”), Sanofi-Aventis U.S., L.L.C., Sanofi-Aventis U.S., Inc., and Sanofi-Synthelabo, Inc. in a lawsuit alleging that plaintiff’s gastrointestinal bleeding was caused by defendants’ prescription drug Plavix.
Plaintiff alleged that she suffered injuries as a result of defendants’ design, development, manufacture, promoting, marketing, distributing, labeling, and sale of Plavix, an anti-clotting medication.
Plavix was initially approved by the FDA for individuals with recent heart attack, stroke (including Transient Ischemic Attack or “TIA”), or peripheral arterial disease. Plavix inhibits blood platelets from forming clots and therefore increases the risk of bleeding. Its labeling has included information about that risk.
Plaintiff’s complaint asserts product liability related causes of action under California state law, for defective design, manufacturing defect, failure to warn, and negligence.