Find out if you have an Avandia® side effects claim
Avandia® (Rosiglitazone Maleate) and drugs that contain Avandia®, namely Avandamet® and Avandaryl®, are prescribed to treat Type 2 diabetes. These drugs have been linked to heart attacks, strokes and congestive heart failure (CHF). In some instances, vision loss and bone fractures were reported.
In May 2007, the report of a study linking Avandia® to an increased risk of heart attacks and death from heart disease was released by the New England Journal of Medicine under the publication’s early-release policy, which is reserved for reports with especially important implications for patients. The analysis showed that Avandia® users have a 43% increased risk of suffering a heart attack and a 64% risk of death from heart disease. The concern at the FDA over the increased risk of heart attack and death from heart disease among Avandia® users was so great that by July 2007 it was considering adding a “black box” warning to the label for Avandia®. A black box warning is the strongest warning of risk that a prescription drug can receive. The black box warning was finally added to the labels of Avandia®, Avandamet® and Avandaryl® in November 2007.
In addition to heart attacks, Avandia® has also been linked to congestive heart failure. As early as 2005, an FDA scientist was advocating for a black box warning for CHF to be added to the label for Avandia®. However, it took a 2007 congressional investigation before a black box warning for CHF was added to the label.
One of the most unsettling details about Avandia® is that many experts believe that it may not provide a benefit to diabetics. Avandia® works by lowering blood sugar. It was believed that lowering blood sugar would help prevent cardiovascular events. Now that Avandia® has been linked to an increase in cardiovascular events, there appears to be no benefit, and in fact a harm, to diabetics taking Avandia®. Even so, experts urge Avandia® users to continue to take the drug until they talk to their doctor about the matter.
Do you believe you or a loved one has been injured by Avandia®? Goldberg & Osborne can help.
The law firm of Goldberg & Osborne is dedicated to helping injured people nationwide and is currently accepting cases for Avandia® victims. For a FREE case evaluation, please call us toll-free at 1-800-THE-EAGLE (1-800-843-3245) or submit a short and simple online case form here. If you choose to submit a case inquiry through this website, a legal assistant will call you to obtain information so our attorneys can evaluate your potential claim.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured as the result of taking Avandia® you may be entitled to compensation from the Avandia® manufacturer for your injuries. All states have time limits in which cases must be filed or they will be forever barred. Therefore, it is crucial you contact an experienced injury attorney immediately.