Avandia Side Effects Lawsuits:
Linked to Congestive Heart Failure
Avandia (rosiglitazone maleate) is a drug designed to treat patients
with type II diabetes. It works by decreasing sugar production
and by assisting the body in its use of available insulin. Insulin
helps the body transport sugar out of the bloodstream and into
cells. With type II diabetes, sugar starts to buildup in the
blood because the body is unable to make efficient use of the
insulin it makes.
Unfortunately, the combination of Avandia and insulin can result
in a condition called fluid-overload disease, which in turn may
lead to cardiac arrest and death. Avandia has also been shown
to cause hepatitis and liver failure. Lawyers are examining claims
for personal injuries and wrongful death related to this drug.
Avandia is considered a thiazolisinedione
class drug and is very similar to Rezulin, a drug the FDA recalled
in March 2000 because of its tendency to cause liver failure.
All though neither the FDA nor the consumer group Public Citizen
ever found evidence that Avandia was safer than Rezulin, it was
approved for the market on May of 1999. In early February of
2001 the FDA required Glaxo Smith Kline Pharmaceuticals to revise
the label on the Avandia bottles in order to indicate the increased
risk of cardiac failure. Later the same month a letter was sent
to Glaxo stating all Avandia promotional materials must be changed
to include the new risks, no later than March of 2001. Nevertheless,
the manufacturer continued to minimize the risks in their labels
and in some important meetings outright denied them. In July
of 2001 the FDA sent another letter warning that Avandia had
failed to adequately revise its labeling and had falsely denied
serious risk of congestive heart failure in Avandia users. Avandia
continues to be available publicly. Presently numerous wrongful
death suits and personal injury cases against Glaxo are pending.
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have experienced heart failure related to the use of Avandia
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