Diabetes Drug Avandia Linked to Serious Injuries

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Diabetes Drug Avandia Linked to Serious Injuries

Side Effects Include Heart Attack, Heart Failure, and Liver Failure!

On May 21, 2007, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) issued a public safety alert about the diabetes drug Avandia (Rosiglitazone), warning users of the greatly increased risk of heart failure in people taking the drug.

In 2008, US Senators, Max Baucus and Charles Grassley filed a report asking the pharmaceutical company, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), to remove Avandia from the market due to its dangerous side effects. The report stated that the drug had caused 500 heart attacks per month and that officials at GSK had intimidated doctors who’d criticized its use. Furthermore, Glaxo continued to promote and sell Avandia despite the fact that they knew about the increased risk of heart attacks and stoke.

In addition, the Senate Finance Committee revealed that emails from GSK company officials had downplayed scientific findings about the risks of Avandia dating back to 2000.

In spite of all of this, Avandia continues to be marketed and sold.

Litigation relating to the drug is very high and drug injury lawyers have been very busy, as well as successful. It’s been estimated that about 13,000 lawsuits (including Avandia class action lawsuits) have been filed against the drug company. Among these are:

In May, 2010, GSK agreed to pay $60 million to resolve 700 lawsuits.
In July, 2010 Glaxo paid $460 million to resolve another 10,000 lawsuits.

*Avandia is also associated with many other side effects: stroke, bone fractures, eye damage, hepatotoxicity (causing moderate to severe acute hepatitis).

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