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Hawaii AG sues makers of blood-thinner Plavix

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 04:30 p.m. HST, Mar 19, 2014


Hawaii's attorney general is suing manufacturers of a widely prescribed blood-thinner he says a significant portion of the state's population has difficulty metabolizing.

Attorney General David Louie filed a lawsuit Tuesday against manufacturers and distributors of Plavix, marketed to work similarly to aspirin to prevent a stroke or heart attack. The suit names Bristol-Meyers Squibb and Sanofi-Aventis as defendants. A Bristol-Meyers representative referred The Associated Press to a customer relations email address. Sanofi-Aventis representatives could not be immediately reached for comment.

Louie says manufacturers didn't disclose that Plavix would have no or diminished effect on people of East Asian and Pacific Islander ancestry. He says the drug puts them at risk for gastrointestinal bleeding and other complications.

He says he's not aware of any deaths as a result.






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pridon wrote:
Fat chance of winning. FDA approved along with required lableing to include dangers. A check of the web site warns of possibility of internal bleeding. Its a blood thinner for heavans sake. It thins Caucasian blood as well as Asian blood. If it was indicated and not prescibed or not taken, then may you die of a heart attack or stroke. Louie seems to be looking for press these days. Must be thinking about running for office.
on March 19,2014 | 03:27PM
Beaglebagels wrote:
The FDA put out a statement about this in 2010.
on March 19,2014 | 04:41PM
MC96816 wrote:
Citation please.
on March 19,2014 | 05:40PM
hawaiiwalter wrote:
This guy is a joke. He must be planning to run for office.
on March 19,2014 | 04:48PM
localguy wrote:
Anyone who thinks any possible law suit money the state receives will be spent to help those in need and increase medical support, think back to when our bureaucrats lied to us about how cigarette settlement money was spent. Our bureaucrats stood on their soap boxes saying how all the money would go to stop smoking education, pay back the state for all the health funds spent on smoking related issues. All of it in our face lies. Within a short time our bureaucrats had their sticky fingers on the money to cover areas where their incompetence failed to reduce costs. Far easier to just raid funds then actually do your job. Standard for the Nei, the "Do Nothing" gene infects anyone elected to public office or union management.
on March 19,2014 | 05:40PM
BigErn wrote:
Any relation to Henry Louie, MD the cardiologist?
on March 19,2014 | 05:42PM
Ronin006 wrote:
Louie says manufacturers didn't disclose that Plavix would have no or diminished effect on people of East Asian and Pacific Islander ancestry. Three questions: (1) What is an East Asian? Japan, Korea and large portions of China and Russia are in East Asia. Are those the people about which he is referring? (2) What is a Pacific Islander? The Pacific Ocean, North and South, spans an area from the Aleutian Islands of Alaska to New Zealand and from the west coasts of North and South America to Guam and Palau. Could he be more specific? (3) On what studies is the law suit based? Are they credible or speculative? I would be nice to know.
on March 19,2014 | 07:42PM
2disgusted2 wrote:
Doesn't he have better things to do at home? Like look at DAs who have moved on to UH and do weird things?
on March 19,2014 | 06:14PM
Ronin006 wrote:
Louie says manufacturers didn't disclose that Plavix would have no or diminished effect on people of East Asian and Pacific Islander ancestry. Three questions: (1) What is an East Asian? Japan, Korea and large portions of China and Russia are in East Asia. Are those the people about which he is referring?
on March 19,2014 | 06:19PM
Oahuan wrote:
I like how the article says that Plavix is a blood thinner that has little or no effect in Asians/Pacific Islanders putting them at risk for GI bleeds. If Plavix has no effect, you would expect the opposite.
on March 19,2014 | 07:14PM
hikine wrote:
Yes the story contradicts. If they're not effective why would they have GI bleeding?
on March 19,2014 | 09:03PM
hikine wrote:
What a frivolous lawsuit! This will be money out the door.
on March 19,2014 | 09:02PM
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