Victor Wynne

Hawaiʻi awarded $916 million over ineffective Plavix

Cindy Ellen Russell, writing for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser:

Gov. Josh Green and state Attorney General Anne Lopez announced today that the state has been awarded $916 million from two pharmaceutical giants over ineffective prescription drug blood thinners.

The blood thinner Plavix which is activated by liver enzymes was found to be less effective or have no effect on Asian American, Pacific Islanders and Native Hawaiians, according to Green. About 837,000 prescriptions were made in Hawaii between 1998 and 2010.

Green called it the largest monetary award in the state’s history. Green said after the award money pays for litigation fees, the rest will go into the general fund toward underfunded health initiatives and other public health needs.

Happy to see it. Now let the landslide begin.