Avandia (Generic: Rosiglitazone), a popular drug used by millions to treat Type II Diabetes, has been linked to a number of serious and life-threatening side effects
What’s the problem?
Avandia is a GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) drug developed to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus. First approved by the FDA in 1999, the agency reported in 2007 a significant increase in heart attack and even death in patients to whom Avandia may have been prescribed. Two recent independent studies show that bone fractures, particularly in female patients, have been associated with the drug. Another study has found a link between Avandia and liver failure.
Safety reviewers from the FDA are urging a recall of Avandia due to an increased risk of heart attacks. This comes after a two year congressional hearing into the safety of the drug, which concluded that GSK knew the drug may cause heart damage several years before a medical study documented the reports. According to two U.S. senators, the company pressured doctors into retracting warnings about the side effects.
Avandia Side Effects
Severe Avandia side effects can include (but are not limited to):
- Angina (severe chest pain)
- Heart attack
- Congestive heart failure
- Severe allergic reaction
Those who have been injured by Avandia medication side effects should seek medical care and meet with a personal injury lawyer who specializes in Avandia lawsuits. Through an Avandia lawsuit, injured individuals can win compensation for their medical bills, treatment costs, pain & suffering, and / or medical expenses.