Serevent Side Effects Lawsuits

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The FDA warned in February 2003 that some patients using Serevent, a popular asthma medication, might face life-threatening complications and possible death from their symptoms than those not taking the drug. FDA officials emphasize that problems from Serevent occurred rarely. Both the FDA and GlaxoSmithKline, the maker of Serevent, still contend that the drug's benefits outweigh its risks.

Serevent, an aerosol spray, opens bronchial airways to help asthma patients breathe more easily. Patients use it twice a day to prevent attacks. The FDA approved Serevent, also known as salmeterol xinafoate, to treat asthma in 1994 and later extended its approval for treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Due to FDA concerns with the drug, in 1996 Glaxo launched a large study to the number of life-threatening experiences, such as medical emergencies requiring intubations and mechanical ventilation, and the number of asthma-related deaths in patients taking the drug compared with the number of such occurrences in patients given a placebo.

The study, which Glaxo cut short, found a greater risk of problems and a greater risk of death among black patients, and found a disparity in deaths among those patients not using a companion drug to control inflammation. The FDA has emphasized that medical professionals should follow existing guidelines in prescribing Severent. These guidelines indicate that asthma patients for whom the severity of the disease requires daily medication should also use inhaled corticosteriods, which control inflammation.

If you or a loved one have experienced heart damage related to the use of Serevent please use our form for legal advice. You may contact our national network of attorneys evaluating Serevent claims at no obligation for a free legal consultation. Please read our disclaimer and terms of use. You are not entering into an attorney client relationship. Read on >>

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