Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pfizer Sued over Anticoagulant Eliquis
July 17, 2017
Two relatives of a man who died after taking the anticoagulant Eliquis have filed suit in New York against the drug’s manufacturers, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pfizer, alleging that the companies inadequately tested the product for safety and concealed from the public the risks of the drug.
The suit alleges that the companies’ clinical tests of Eliquis took place in substandard conditions in Chinese labs, and that the makers of Eliquis knew about the drug’s potential hazards but knowingly concealed that information from patients and doctors.
Further, the suit alleges, the drugmakers have not made it clear to consumers that a mishap with the drug may be irreversible. Eliquis is a brand name for a drug known as apixaban. The side effects of other drugs in the apixaban family tend to be reversible.
The suit was prompted by the 2014 death of Raymond Warme, who died from gastrointestinal bleeding two months after he started taking Eliquis. In that same year, the FDA received reports of 100 deaths and more than 1000 adverse health problems that were alleged to be related to Eliquis. In 2015, a further 6000 cases of adverse health problems were reported. Most of the cases involved gastrointestinal hemorrhaging.
Eliquis remains on the market, its formula unchanged.
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