May 29, 2012

Heart Patients May Face a New Drug Dilemma


The newly low cost of Plavix, one of the biggest-selling drugs, is intensifying debate among cardiologists over how to make sure patients get optimal benefit from any blood-thinning medication. A generic version of Plavix became available this month so there is an incentive to switch patients to it…"Professional [medical] societies don't think the overall level of evidence is strong enough to make a wholesale switch" from Plavix to Effient or Brilinta, says Chet Rihal, a cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minn.


Wall Street Journal by Ron Winslow

Tags: Cardiology, Dr. Chet Rihal, Mayo Clinic Rochester, Plavix, Wall Street Journal

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