Avandia Lawyer

Avandia is an oral medication prescribed for the treatment of Type 2 diabetes. It is used to increase insulin sensitivity in the body and to control blood sugar. Manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline, Avandia is said to be the most popular oral diabetes drug worldwide, with as many as 10 million Americans have been prescribed the drug.

Despite its popularity, research has shown the drug to have some very serious side effects. The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) released a report in 2007 detailing that Avandia can significantly increase the risk of heart attack and related death, particularly for those who had a history of heart disease or those who were considered “at risk” of suffering a heart attack.

If you or a loved one has suffered any of these complications while taking Avandia, you should contact a Avandia lawyer. Guidance from an experienced law firm with adequate resources can lead to a successful lawsuit against the manufacturer and proper compensation for any injuries resultant of taking Avandia.

Background on Avandia

Also known as Rosiglitazone, Avandia was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1992.

In 2007, the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) released a report showing that Avandia posed serious medical risks, particularly to patients who were already considered at risk for heart disease or for those who had a history of such disease. The NEJM found Avandia patients were 30 to 40 percent more likely to suffer a heart attack or related death than patients taking a different drug or a placebo. Soon after this report was released, the FDA issued a warning to patients on Avandia, advising they discuss the side effects with their physician and look at possible alternatives.

Avandia Side Effects

Serious allergic reactions has been documented with Avandia, with symptoms including swelling of the lips, tongue, throat, or face; breathing difficulties; and hives. Furthermore, patients prescribed Avandia have reported some of the following life-threatening side effects:

  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Pulmonary embolism (a blood clot in the lungs)
  • Deep vein thrombosis (a blood clot in the legs)

While perhaps not as severe as a stroke or heart attack, a number of serious conditions can still manifest while taking Avandia. These symptoms, which call for immediate medical attention, include:

  • Shortness of breath even during mild exertion
  • Pain or heaviness in the chest that spreads to the shoulder or arm
  • Blurry vision
  • Stomach pain
  • Nausea
  • Sudden unexplained weight gain
  • Easily bruised or bleeding

Setting the RECORD Straight

In 2010, the FDA restricted the drug to patients that could not control their Type 2 diabetes using other medications. In the meantime, the FDA required GSK, the manufacturer of Avandia, to readjudicate the results of the Rosiglitazone Evaluated for Cardiovascular Outcomes and Regulation of Glycemia in Diabetes (RECORD) clinical trial that was used for the original Avandia approval by the FDA.

The readjudication determined that the original RECORD results were accurate, and thus the risks highlighted by the NEJM meta-analysis were not consistent with RECORD.

In June of 2013, the FDA removed all the previously noted restrictions of Avandia.

How An Avandia Lawyer Can Help

The side effects of Avandia have led to tragic results for patients. Links to side effects that are both severe and life threatening has also led to an ongoing settlement of cases. After the FDA determined the hearth health risks of Avandia in 2007, GlaxoSmithKline has been obligated to settle lawsuits totaling $460 million. For future lawsuit settlements, the company set aside an additional $3.4 billion in 2011.

An attorney who is dedicated to pursuing civil claims based on dangerous drugs is best-suited to help you in your pursuit of civil justice. Call our firm so that we can help you retain the services of just such an attorney.

Your lawyer will be able to provide additional information about the ongoing lawsuit against GlaxoSmithKline and will be able to conduct thorough investigations into the side effects you have suffered and help determine if they are linked to your doctor-prescribed consumption of Avandia. That will include the help of physicians and other drug manufacturing experts who can help bolster your claim if the necessary evidence can be found.

Your initial consultation is free of charge, and you are encouraged to gather as much information and as many questions as you have to review in that initial process. Most personal injury attorneys work on a contingency basis – which means that you are not required to pay for legal services unless you are successful in your claim and until after you case has been settled or won, when your attorney’s fees will be deducted from the recovery of funds.