HAVE YOU SUFFERED A LIFE-CHANGING INJURY OR ILLNESS FROM TAKING AVANDIA?
Avandia (rosiglitazone) is a pharmaceutical drug prescribed to treat type 2 diabetes. Manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1999, rosiglitazone falls into the thiazolidinedione class of diabetic medication. Actos (pioglitazone), another diabetes medication, is also a thiazolidinedione.
POTENTIALLY DEADLY SIDE EFFECTS LINKED TO AVANDIA
Like most pharmaceutical drugs, Avandia has many common and serious side effects associated with its usage, including:
- Upper respiratory tract infection
- Heart failure
- Heart attack
- Weight gain
- Liver problems
- Macular edema (diabetic eye disease)
- Fractures or broken bones
- Low red blood cell count
- Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
SEVERE HEART PROBLEMS CAUSED BY AVANDIA
Thiazolidinedione diabetes medications can cause or exacerbate congestive heart failure in patients. People taking drugs such as Avandia or Actos are urged to watch for signs and symptoms of heart failure, including:
- Excessive or rapid weight gain
- Difficulty breathing
- Edema (or swelling due to excess fluid trapped in body’s tissues)
The FDA has mandated that all manufacturers of thiazolidinedione diabetes drugs include a black box warning regarding the increased risk of this deadly side effect.
In 2012, GSK plead guilty and paid a $3 billion settlement for unlawful promotion of drugs, misbranding, and failing to report safety data about several pharmaceutical drugs. The drugs at the center of the settlement were antidepressants Paxil and Wellbutrin, and the diabetes medication Avandia. The FDA alleged that between 2001 and 2007 GSK failed to report safety data about the increased risk of heart attack and heart failure when using Avandia. GSK paid $1 billion to the Justice Department and put $2 billion toward resolving civil lawsuits.
When drug manufacturers fail to properly inform consumers of the risks associated with their medications, innocent lives are put at risk. These pharmaceutical giants continue to put profit before safety. If you were harmed after taking a drug that was supposed to be safe, you may be entitled to compensation for your pain, suffering, medical costs, and much more.
CONTACT AN EXPERIENCED DANGEROUS DRUG ATTORNEY
If you or a loved one have suffered a heart attack, heart failure, or other illness or injury due to the dangerous side effects of Avandia, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our firm has the experienced pharmaceutical litigation attorneys and legal resources necessary to take on pharmaceutical companies. We will help you receive the compensation you deserve and bring these companies to justice. Our experienced dangerous drug lawyers are available 24/7, nights and weekends. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.