Once the World’s Top-Selling Anti-Diabetes Medication, Avandia Still Receives Harsh Blows.

Savannah Dunn on September 24, 2010


The European Medicines Agency (EMA), recommended suspension of marketing authorizations for anti-diabetes medicines containing rosiglitazone. These medicines, including Avandia, will stop being available in Europe within the next few months.

 

However, CNN reported that on September 23, 2010, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) ruled to keep the drug on the market in the United States, but severely restricted its use.

The restrictions include:

  • GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), the drug’s manufacturer, can’t promote it.
  • Patients currently on the drug will be advised to switch to another similar treatment, if possible.
  • Doctors can’t prescribe Avandia to new patients without explaining in detail why it might be more likely to cause a heart attack than other options.
  • Only patients with Type 2 diabetes who cannot control their diabetes on other medications may be prescribed Avandia.

The FDA states these new restrictions are in response to data that suggest patients treated with Avandia have an elevated risk of cardiovascular events, such as heart attack and stroke.

If you or someone you know is taking Avandia, it is important to talk to your doctor about this new information as you evaluate the available treatment options for Type-2 diabetes, especially if you are known to have underlying heart disease or are at high risk of heart attack.

More than 14,000 Avandia lawsuits have been filed against GlaxoSmithKline. Plaintiffs have alleged that they suffered serious heart conditions as a result of their use of the drug including these Avandia side effects:

  • Heart Attack
  • Stroke
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Liver Failure
  • Bone Fractures
  • Macular Edema (Vision Loss)
  • Heart Related Death

Avandia lawsuits seek recovery for physical injury, pain, suffering, lost compensation and medical expenses caused by adverse side effects. Depending on the laws of the particular state where injury occurred and where the Avandia lawsuit is filed, loved ones whose dependents are injured by Avandia side effects may be entitled to file a loss of consortium style lawsuit.

It is in your best interest to consult with an Oklahoma Avandia attorney who fully understands the medical research and legal issues associated with Avandia side effects that have seriously harmed innocent consumers. The Oklahoma Avandia lawyers at McIntyre Law can help protect your rights. Please complete this contact form and one of our staff will contact you immediately, or you can call us toll-free at 1-877-917-5250 for a free evaluation of your Avandia concerns.


Savannah Dunn


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