Drug manufacturers accused of not warning about Plavix's dangers

By Whitney Brakken | Mar 10, 2014

Editor's Note: Cook County court records indicate this lawsuit was dismissed by stipulation or agreement on Aug. 12, 2014.

Prescription drug manufacturers are facing suit over claims one of its drugs is dangerous.

Richard Biby filed suit Jan. 25 in the Cook County Circuit Court against Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., Sanofi-Aventis US LLC, Sanofi-Aventis US Inc. and Sanofi-Synthelabo Inc., citing strict product liability, manufacturing defect, failure to warn and negligence.

According to the complaint, Biby was prescribed and ingested Plavix from Feb. 24, 2010 until March 28, 2010. As a result of taking the drug, he claims he suffered injuries, including internal bleeding.

Biby contends the defendants failed to fully, truthfully and accurately communicate the safety and efficacy of Plavix; intentionally and fraudulently misled the medical community and him about the drug's risks; and fraudulently and aggressively promoted Plavix.

He is seeking an undisclosed amount in damages and is being represented by Louisiana attorney P. Ann Trantham of Salim-Beasley LLC and Chicago attorney Allen N. Schwartz of Kralovec Jambois & Schwartz.

Cook County Circuit Court Case No. 2014L001848.

This is a report on a civil lawsuit filed in the Cook County Circuit Court. The details in this report come from an original complaint filed by a plaintiff. Please note, a complaint represents an accusation by a private individual, not the government. It is not an indication of guilt, and it only represents one side of the story.

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