Avandia is a prescription drug used to treat Type II diabetes. The drug’s active ingredient is rosiglitazone maleate, which increases insulin sensitivity. While Avandia may help regulate a diabetic patient’s insulin levels, it is not without risks. Avandia has been linked to heart attack and congestive heart failure, and the FDA restricted its use.
Avandia Linked to Heart Attack and Congestive Heart Failure
In 2010, a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found patients who took the drug could be at higher risk of cardiovascular problems. It found that elderly patients treated with rosiglitazone had a higher risk of acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), stroke, heart failure and death compared to those who took another diabetes drug, pioglitazone. The researchers conducted a national study, including more than 227,000 patients ages 65 and older.
Upon release of the news about Avandia’s risks, Europe suspended sales of the drug in 2010. The FDA limited access to the prescription to patients aware of the risks and with few other options, but the FDA lifted the restrictions in 2013, citing new information.
Some argue that a GlaxoSmithKline – Avandia’s manufacturer – clinical trial that did not find an increased risk of heart attack was flawed. But the FDA found no misconduct in the trial. Still, the FDA previously reviewed dozens of studies that linked the drug to a higher risk of heart attack, according to the New York Times. There is still a good degree of controversy and debate about the safety of the drug.
FDA Medication Guide for Avandia Reveals Risks
The FDA-provided Medication Guide for Avandia makes it clear why Avandia can be a dangerous drug. In the guide, the FDA explicitly states that Avandia can cause “new or worse heart failure.” It lists side effects of Avandia as heart attack, edema, liver problems, macular edema, fractures, anemia and hypoglycemia.
Defective Drug Lawsuits for Avandia-related Injuries
Avandia was on the market for some time before publication of certain hazards and risks of the drug. As such, many patients took the drug, thinking that it would help them, but became victims of the complications from the medication.
When a drug causes dangerous side effects, a victim of the prescription often has the right to take legal action against the manufacturer, such as GlaxoSmithKline, which makes Avandia. This is especially true when the plaintiff can prove that the manufacturer knew of dangerous side effects but attempted to conceal them from the public. A drug manufacturer or manufacturer of any other product has an implied duty to create a safe product and to warn of any risks. As such, you may be able to recover damages for your injuries if Avandia harmed you.
If you believe you suffered injuries or complications as a result of taking the drug, consult our Avandia attorneys as soon as possible. In Pennsylvania, you only have two years from the date that your injury occurred to file a defective drug lawsuit for damages.
Contact Our Avandia Lawyers at Cordisco & Saile LLC for Legal Help
If you took Avandia and suffered harm, the attorneys at Cordisco & Saile LLC, will provide a free case consultation. We’ll work with you to decide whether or not your claim falls under product liability law. We’ll also review the best way to approach your case and help you understand which damages may be recoverable.
If you or a loved one suffered serious injuries and complications because you took Avandia, give us a call today. Call 215-642-2335 to set up your consultation or reach us via the form on our contact page.