The lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing potential Avandia lawsuits nationwide against GlaxoSmithKline for failing to properly warn about health dangers associated with their diabetes drug, Avandia.
Thousands of users have suffered serious and potentially fatal injuries as a result of the Avandia side effects.
Avandia lawsuits are being investigated for users who suffered any of the following injuries::
- Heart Attack
- Congestive Heart Failure
- Liver Failure
- Bone Fractures
- Macular Edema (Vision Loss)
- Heart Related Death
To obtain more information and determine if you, a friend or family member may qualify for a claim, request a free Avandia legal consultation and lawsuit evaluation.
The lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk are investigating potential Avandia lawsuits for users throughout the United States. Free consultations and case evaluations are available.
Avandia (generic rosiglitazone) is an oral antidiabetic which is part of a class of drugs known as thiazolidinediones (TZDs). The medication increases the body’s sensitivity to insulin and aids in the management of blood sugar, which makes it useful to treat Type 2 diabetes. Over 6 million people worldwide have taken Avandia, and in 2006 sales were $2.2 billion in the United States.
On May 21, 2007, an Avandia study was released by the New England Journal of Medicine which reported that users of the diabetes medication could face a significantly increased risk of heart attacks and cardiovascular death.
Researchers reviewed data from 42 different clinical trials involving nearly 28,000 people, and found that those who used Avandia had a 43% increase in the risk of suffering a heart attack and a 64% increase in the risk of a heart related death when compared to those taking another drug or a placebo.
>>INFORMATION: Avandia Heart Dangers
GlaxoSmithKline, PLC had the same data used by the independent researchers for over a year before the study was released. They have acknowledged that their own analysis of the data showed a 30% increased rate of heart attacks, yet they failed to promptly warn consumers or the medical community. Their failure to provide complete information about the risk of heart attacks, heart disease and death prevented those taking Avandia from making an informed decision about whether the benefits provided by the medication outweigh the danger of Avandia side effects.
In December 2007, additional research confirmed that users of Avandia may face an increased risk of osteoporosis and bone fractures. Side effects of the drug increase bone resorption and decrease bone formation, which could lead to weak and brittle bones.
>>INFORMATION: Avandia Bone Fractures
In October 2008, the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen filed a petition requesting an Avandia recall. In their petition they pointed to an additional health concern involving the potential for Avandia liver failure. They identified at least 14 cases of liver failure associated with the use of Avandia, and 12 of the cases resulted in death.
>>INFORMATION: Avandia Liver Failure
AVANDIA CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT ATTORNEYS
GlaxoSmithKline, PLC has placed their desire for profits above the safety of the consumer. Since Avandia was approved in 1999, they have received a large number of post-marketing reports of heart failure and heart attacks, yet they failed to conduct a large-scale study about the heart risks during the first 6 years they were selling the diabetes medication.
The Avandia lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing potential class action suits as well as individual lawsuits regarding the diabetes drug. If you, a friend or family member believe you may have a claim, request a free Avandia lawsuit evaluation. Cases are being reviewed nationwide and there are no fees or expenses unless a recovery is obtained.