Research shows the anti-diabetic drug rosiglitazone maleate—sold under the brand name Avandia—might cause heart attacks and strokes. The Rottenstein Law Group compassionately advocates for those who have suffered from side effects as a result of having taken dangerous drugs. If you’ve taken Avandia and believe it harmed you, contact RLG for a free, confidential legal consultation immediately. We will evaluate your case and remain on the lookout for Avandia recalls and Avandia class action lawsuits. We might be the Avandia law firm you’re looking for.
What Is Avandia, and What Is It Prescribed For?
Avandia is a brand name for the drug rosiglitazone maleate. Made and sold by British pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline Plc., this prescription medication is used to reduce the effects of Type 2 diabetes. It is sold as a stand-alone drug, but GlaxoSmithKline also sells it in combination with other anti-diabetic drugs. For example, when combined with metformin hydrochloride, it is sold as Avandamet, and when rosiglitazone is combined with glimepiride, GlaxoSmithKline markets it as Avandaryl. Read more
Avandia Might Cause Life-Threatening Side Effects
On September 23, 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) placed significant restrictions on Avandia. The FDA analyzed multiple studies and concluded that use of rosiglitazone correlated to increased risk of cardiovascular problems, particularly heart attacks and strokes. The restrictions require all physicians to prescribe Avandia only as a last resort after all other medications and treatments for Type 2 diabetes have been tried.
Problems with Avandia started appearing in 2007 when a Cleveland clinic determined that Avandia use led to an increase in the chance of heart attacks by 43 percent. This prompted the FDA to place a “black box” Avandia warning on the product, requiring the label to explain the side effects the drug causes. Apparently, FDA officials could not be convinced to remove the drug from the market altogether, so no Avandia recall is in effect. Meanwhile, evidence of the drug’s potential problems has continued to grow. For instance, in the same year, the New York Times reported that in 2000 a diabetes expert had warned the FDA that Avandia contributed to heart problems; the FDA reprimanded GlaxoSmithKline.
On November 25, 2013, the FDA lifted the restrictions on Avandia because a readjudication of the studies comparing Avandia to similar diabetes drugs produced no statistically evidence that Avandia was more likely to cause heart attacks in users. The readjudication did not, however, show that Avandia was no more likely to cause heart attacks than a placebo.
Thousands of Avandia-related lawsuits have been filed against GlaxoSmithKline to date, but the Rottenstein Law Group does not know of any Avandia class action lawsuits. In February 2012, GlaxoSmithKline announced an Avandia settlement with 20,000 litigants, according to Bloomberg. It settled 15,000 claims in 2011 for $700 million, and the reported average amount of compensation in each Avandia settlements was roughly $50,000. Read more
RLG’s Lawyers Will Make Things Easier
The process of demanding compensation for the harm you’ve suffered can be complicated, even if it doesn’t seem fair that you should have to go through even more trouble to be made whole again. The lawyers at the Rottenstein Law Group believe that obtaining legal satisfaction from those who harmed you shouldn’t require more hardship. That’s why we do everything we can to streamline the process, and we will file an Avandia lawsuit on your behalf if necessary. RLG will also keep you up to date on any Avandia class action lawsuits, FDA Avandia warnings and Avandia FDA recall announcements.
If you have taken Avandia and believe it harmed you, contact RLG today.