Avandia Lawsuit

Avandia (rosiglitazone) is used to control the symptoms of Type 2 diabetes. Avandia use has been limited since May, 2011, when tight restrictions on prescribing went into effect. Avandia is in a class of drugs called thiazolidinediones (TZDs) and  can cause heart failure, heart attack, and death.  If you suffered an injury from taking this, you may have an Avandia lawsuit.

Avandia Maker Plead Guilty to Criminal Charges

In July, 2012, Avandia maker GlaxoSmithKline agreed to plead guilty to criminal charges for failing to report the dangers of Avandia as well as improper marketing of several other drugs. The drug maker will also pay $3 billion in fines.

Avandia Dangers

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) received over 300 reports of Avandia cardiac deaths in the last three months of 2009. According to the agency, clinical trials found that Avandia can increase the chance of heart attack by 43% and cardiovascular death by 64%.

Avandia can cause:

  • Fluid retention
  • Chest pain
  • Heart failure
  • Heart attack

Avandia and Diabetes

Avandia is used to control the symptoms of Type 2 diabetes, also known as insulin resistance. It is not used to treat Type 1 diabetes, a condition in which the body does not produce enough insulin. Avandia makes your body more sensitive to insulin, but it is not a curative treatment.

Avandia Restrictions

The FDA placed restrictions on Avandia due to the heart risks. Since May, 2011, Avandia can only be prescribed to patients who are unable to control their blood sugar with non-TDZ medications and are unwilling to use Actos, the other TDZ on the market.

Since November, 2011, Avandia users must also be enrolled in the Avandia-Rosiglitazone Medicines Access Program, and can only purchase the drug by mail from certified pharmacies. It is no longer available in walk-in pharmacies.

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) banned Avandia in 2010, but says it will allow Avandia to be sold again if GlaxoSmithKline can prove that there is a group of patient for whom the benefits outweigh the risks.

If you or someone you love has suffered a heart attack or heart failure while taking Avandia, you may be entitled to compensation. Please contact an injury attorney in your area right away to see if you have a potential Avandia lawsuit.