Avandia side effects may lead to death.
Avandia is an oral prescription drug used to treat patients that have adult type-2 diabetes which is the most common form of diabetes. This form of diabetes is noninsulin-dependent but you have insulin resistance. With insulin resistance, the cells of your body do not respond very well to insulin like they should. As a result, your cells do not take sugar out of the blood very well. And hence you tend to have a high blood sugar level. Avandia can be used alone or in combination with other diabetic medications. Avandia is not meant to be used with patients who have type-1 diabetes. Over time, high blood sugar levels can lead to number of serious illness such as nerve damage, kidney failure, heart disease, poor circulation, blindness and impotence. A number of side effects are associated with Avandia requiring the FDA to place a “black box” Avandia Warning on all packaging. If you have experienced Avandia side effects you may want to contact an Avandia lawyer to see if you qualify for an Avandia Lawsuit.
Avandia, GlaxoSmithKline’s (GSK) major money maker, began to have issues back in 2007 when the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) published several articles that reported data on the increased risk of heart attack and other heart problems in patients taking Avandia. In response to these articles the FDA released an Avandia Warning. This Avandia Warning announced the NEJM results but stated that the results of the long-term clinical trials conducted by GSK contradicted the results in the NEJM articles. The FDA didn’t recommend that physicians take their patients off Avandia at that time, but promised to investigate further and would issue another Avandia Warning if necessary.
FDA Issues Avandia Warning
Eventually the FDA required a “black box” Avandia Warning which is the most serious level of warning. The FDA required GSK to prepare and release a new medication guide for Avandia which was released in February of 2008. The new guide contains all the relatively up to date Avandia Warning.
In September 2010, the FDA announced that it would be severely restricting the use of Avandia and its generics do to the increased risk of cardiovascular events such as heart attacks and strokes. Only individuals who cannot control their diabetes on other medications (or those who are already taking the medication and doing well) will be able to take Avandia. If you have had complications with Avandia you might consider speaking with an Avandia attorney to determine whether or not you qualify for an Avandia Lawsuit.
Avandia Lawsuits Filed
GSK has paid out more than $60 million to settle some 700 lawsuits brought by patients who believe Avandia caused them heart attacks or strokes. Some 4,000 lawsuits have been filed so far. If you have experienced Avandia injuries such as stroke, heart attack, congestive failure or any other Avandia side effect, you may be entitled to financial compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages and hospital costs. You might want to contact an Avandia attorney to see if you qualify for an Avandia Lawsuit.
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