Avandia Liver Failure Side Effects Lead to Petition for Recall

Austin Kirk

By Austin Kirk
Posted October 31, 2008


According to a petition filed by the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen that calls for an Avandia recall, further evidence has been identified that links Avandia to liver failure. Many experts have been calling for a ban on the drug, and the group indicates that these findings “should give the FDA the momentum it needs to act swiftly to prevent further needless deaths and health damage by banning this drug.”

>>INFORMATION: Avandia Side Effects 

Public Citizen filed their petition yesterday after reviewing the FDA Adverse Event Report System’s MedWatch forms, which identified 14 cases of Avandia liver failure, 12 of which resulted in death.

Studies have also linked the use of Avandia to an increased risk of heart attacks, congestive heart failure, bone fractures, vision loss known as macular edema and premature death.

The Avandia lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. have been representing users of Avandia for 18 months and have investigated several cases involving clients who have been diagnosed with liver failure.

Although GlaxoSmithKline has known that Avandia is chemically related to Rezulin, which has been associated with an increased risk of liver failure, they have failed to adequately warn about this side effect.

Symptoms of a Avandia liver failure could include jaundice, disorientation, confusion, fatigue, bleeding easily, swollen abdomen, nausea, diarrhea and coma.


Public Citizen has asked the FDA to take swift action to recall Avandia due to all of the life-threatening side effects associated with the drug. Following reports of heart attacks caused by Avandia side effects, the FDA narrowly voted against an Avandia recall last year.

Since that time evidence has continued to emerge establishing the unreasonable risks associated with the Avandia. However, there are still approximately 10,000 prescriptions filled for the drug every day.

Last week, the American Diabetes Association and the European Association for the Study of Diabetes dropped the drug from their consensus statement on type 2 diabetes treatment, unanimously recommending against use of the drug.

If you, a friend or family member have suffered a heart attack, liver failure, stroke, bone fractures or blindness (macular edema), you may qualify for compensation through an Avandia lawsuit. To speak with an attorney and review a potential case, request a free consultation.

3 Comments • Add Your Comments

  • Robert says:

    I too Avandia in the past. I now have cirrhosis of the liver. I have never drank alchol. Is it possible that Avandia may be a contibuting factor?

    Posted on March 12, 2010 at 12:27 pm

  • Cathy says:


    My mother took Avandia and she too developed Cirrhosis of the liver and she never drank.

    Posted on July 14, 2010 at 11:19 am

  • Karen says:

    i have filed a lawsuit for my husband who died of congestive heart failure due to taking the drug advadia,he had almost every thing on the list of side affect,s.he never had heart problem,s till he used it,also liver problem,s and high blood pressure,he lot both his leg,s from the knee down,i understand that was a side affect also,

    Posted on December 3, 2010 at 4:25 pm

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