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Avandia Side effects include Heart Attacks

Avandia is an oral prescription drug that is an antidiabetic medication that acts by increasing your insulin sensitivity.  Avandia helps you to control your glycemic levels by decreasing circulating insulin.  This antidiabetic drug is used in conjunction with your diet and exercise to get control of adult type-2 diabetes mellitus.  Avandia should be used in the presence of endogenous insulin and should not be used with patients who have type-1 diabetes.  Do not use Avandia if you are taking nitrates or are taking insulin.  A number of serious Avandia Side effects have been reported including an Avandia Heart Attack.

The New England Journal of Medicine has published a study in 2007, reporting that Avandia approximately doubles the risk of heart failure that could lead to death.  The manufacturer of Avandia, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has disputed this published study stating that GSK’s studies reported a 30% increase in the risk of an Avandia Heart Attack and death.  It would appear the GSK is playing down the risks of Avandia.  Based on clinical studies the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a safety warning that patients taking Avandia with a history of heart disease or stroke may be at an increased risk of an Avandia Heart Attack and should consult their healthcare providers about discontinuing Avandia therapy.

“Black box” warning on Avandia

On June 2007, the FDA ordered GSK to place a “black box” warning on Avandia packaging to warn consumers and physicians of Avandia Side effects.  The Avandia warning also states that physicians should monitor their patients closely.  GSK followed through and updated their warning label but stated that Avandia Heart Attack risks were inconclusive and not confirmed.  Again, GSK has played down the seriousness of Avandia Side effects.     

Manufacture Knew of Dangerous Avandia Side Effects

The risks of Avandia Heart Attack were again studied by the Senate Committee on Finance.  This report was released on February 2010.  The Senate Committee’s response was that, GSK knew of Avandia Side effects not only from independent studies but from their own studies, so why didn’t GSK warn consumers.  The Senate Committee felt that GSK had a responsibility to warn the FDA and consumers about Avandia Side effects and failed to do so.  GSK was also accused of intimidating healthcare providers and scientists who wished to speak out about Avandia and its association with heart disease.

If you have experienced an Avandia Heart Attack, congestive heart failure, stroke, or any other Avandia Side effects you may be entitled to financial compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages and medical costs.  Avandia lawsuits are being filed around the country.

You May be entitled to Compensation, so act now.

 If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of Avandia Therapy, contact us now to speak with our qualified professionals about possible compensation.  Call us now at 877-222-7069 or use the contact form for a free case review.  

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