Avandia and Its Side Effects

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 is taken in tablet form and is prescribed to treat Type 2 diabetic patients when it cannot be controlled with other medications.  In 2007, after studies exposed the high correlation between Avandia and heart attacks, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) mandated a black box warning on the drug while the European Medicines Agency (EMA) halted sales of rosiglitazones and removed Avandia from the European market.

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 treating Type 2 diabetes, 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.

Bone Fractures

Women using Avandia are more susceptible to bone fractures, especially in the hands, upper arms, and feet.

Congestive Heart Failure and Myocardial Ischemic

There are two serious, life-threatening side effects from taking Avandia: myocardial ischemic, the lack of blood flow to the body, and congestive heart failure, when the heart fails to function as an adequate pump of oxygen-rich blood to the body.  According to the FDA, from 1999-2007 an estimated 83,000 heart attacks were caused in patients taking Avandia.  Dr. Steven E. Nissen and the Cleveland Clinic conducted research on the link between cardiovascular dangers and Avandia.  These studies, published in May 2007 in The New England Journal of Medicine, revealed that the risk of congestive heart failure while on Avandia increases by 64 percent.  As reported in a New York Times article dated February 23, 2010, a Congressional investigation “concluded that GlaxoSmithKline had threatened scientists who tried to point out Avendia’s risks.”  Even though the company’s researchers agreed with Dr. Nissen’s study, GSK failed to inform the public of these findings in order to hide evidence and increase sales.

Have You Been Affected by Avandia?

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).

Different states have different legislation regarding medical lawsuits, so it is essential to hire an experienced and effective lawyer who can file the case. 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.

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