You may be able to sue if you have been injured
In September 2010, the FDA basically banned the drug
in the United States. The drug is also not
available in Europe any more. For patients in the
US, the drug will be made available only in very unique
set of circumstances and that means that most patients
will have to find alternative treatment because this
drug had become a killer drug. Starting Nov 18,
2011 the drug will disappear from the shelves of
pharmacies. Only a very small number of patients
will have access to the drug thereafter.
Previously: As of July 14, 2010, the situation is that a panel of
experts has recommended to the FDA that Avandia is too
dangerous to be sold in its current form. The
panel has recommended that the drug be either banned or
sold with strong restrictions. A final decision
will come from the FDA later. This was a follow-up
meeting after the data released in Feb 2010 that showed people are
unnecessarily dying from heart attacks. Documents
show that as many as 800 attacks can be prevented each
month if patients switched to Actos. In the last
three months of 2009, over 300 people were killed by
has been concluded that the diabetes drug Avandia
GlaxoSmithKline Plc, technical name: Rosiglitazone
Maleate) raises the risk of heart attacks by 43%,
according to findings published in The New England
Journal of Medicine. This drug was approved in 1999 for
the treatment of Type II diabetes. Since then there have
been numerous reports of injuries and deaths of patients
who took this drug, but like
apparently neither the manufacturer nor the FDA took any
action. In a belated move, FDA is forcing the
company to add a black-box warning, which means that the
drug is so dangerous that it should be taken only as a
last resort. While
Dr. David Graham had recommended that the drug be
recalled due to its serious heart risks, a panel of
experts (who often work as consultants to drug
companies) voted against a ban.
this time, the company has refused to take any action
Pfizer (that dragged its feet on
Celebrex) and is hoping that another ongoing
research will prove that this latest research is wrong.
Dr. Steven Nissen
of the Cleveland Clinic was the one to find that the drug
raised the risk of heart attacks by 43% and possibly
heart-related deaths as well. A study that the company has
published also did not impress scientists. Dr. David Nathan,
chief of diabetes care at Massachusetts General Hospital
responds, "This study, which was designed to show the benefit
of rosiglitazone (Avandia), if anything shows the opposite."
Avandia liver failure)
So what can you do?
- First of all, consult with your doctor
immediately and discuss your treatment options.
hire an attorney immediately to discuss if you can file
a personal injury lawsuit against the company, particularly
if you or your family member suffered a heart attack.
Several analysts estimate that as much as $10 billion may be
awarded to injured patients.
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