AVANDIA HEART ATTACK/FAILURE NOTICE (updated Oct. 21st)
In the findings of a study that will appear in the June 14 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers found that the risk of a heart attack was increased 43 percent among those taking Avandia. There was also a 64 percent increased risk of dying from cardiovascular causes while taking the drug.
These discoveries were considered enough of a public health matter to have caused the New England Journal of Medicine to release the findings several weeks before they appeared in print.
May 29th update: The government's own preliminary FDA (Food & Drug Administration) evaluation of the diabetes pill Avandia confirms the heart risks reported in a study earlier this week and suggests that as many as 60,000 to 100,000 heart attacks might be linked to its use since it came on the market eight years ago.
June 6th update: FDA agrees that Avandia should carry a "black box" warning (the strongest warning FDA can make). Update coming in July.
August 15th update: FDA expands the scope of Avandia safety warning for heart failure.
The US Senate has already begun an investigation into Glaxo and the FDA regarding this potential health care fiasco.
The most common related problems with Avandia are:
- Heart attack
- Heart failure
- Liver problems
- Other heart problems
If you or a member of your family has any of these conditions above and has taken Avandia, then you may qualify for a potential lawsuit claim. Our law firm has already retained hundreds of Avandia victims.
If a pharmaceutical company knows about health risks, but refuses to inform the public about those risks, then the company should compensate the victims. We have been contacted by thousands of people who had heart problems, but were prescribed Avandia without knowing about the risks. Many people have lost loved ones or have had their lives ruined.
Avandia makes Glaxo $3 billion a year, and there is a huge temptation for Glaxo not to disclose the health risks for such a profitable product, but it is their duty to do so. As the New England Journal of Medicine's article made clear, these kinds of errors and omissions are an indictment of the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and the pharmaceutical companies. When the government and pharmaceutical companies fail, it is up to individuals to contact lawyers to protect their rights.
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