Avandia and Bone Fractures
Avandia, or rosiglitazone, belongs to a class of medications called thiazolidinediones and is used to reduce the amount of glucose, or sugar, in the blood. This oral medication, taken in tablet form, is prescribed to treat non-insulin dependent Type 2 diabetic patients when it cannot be controlled with other medications. Manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline Plc. (GSK), Avandia was approved for use by the FDA in May 1999. From 1999-2006, sales from Avandia reached an estimated 3.2 billion dollars. While some Avandia consumers have found help, thousands of others have suffered serious, life-threatening conditions due to GSK’s unwillingness to inform the public about the serious side effects from long-term use.
One such side effect is the high occurrence of bone fractures after long term Avandia use. According to a study published in the January 6, 2009, edition of the Canadian Medical Association Journal “long-term thiazolidinediones use doubles the risk of fractures among women with type 2 diabetes.” These fractures most often occur in the hands, upper arms, and feet.
Any individual or the relative of an individual who has suffered due to Avandia’s side effects is permitted to file a lawsuit. The lawyers can help you determine whether you are qualified to seek compensation. You may be eligible to seek reimbursement for medical expenses, compensation for pain and suffering, and punitive damages (compensation granted for losses suffered). If you need further information about the harmful side effects of Avandia or legal advice concerning personal injury matters, we invite you to contact us or to fill out our form on this website for a free case evaluation.