Avandia, the popular diabetes drug
manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline, has been linked to a high
risk of heart attack and death. Avandia has been prescribed
to more than 6 million Americans since its approval for the
treatment of type 2 diabetes. Avandia reduces the body's
resistance to insulin but also causes fluid retention, which
has been identified as a risk factor for congestive heart
On June 6, 2007, the FDA announced that it would require a black box warning, the agency's strongest, on Avandia's label about the risk of heart attack and other cardiovascular problems. The FDA issued a safety alert about Avandia on May 21, 2007. The safety alert was in response to a study and editorial published in The New England Journal of Medicine showing that the drug carries a 43% increased risk of heart attack and a 64% increase in the risk of death from all cardiovascular causes.
If you are a diabetic and have used or are using the drug Avandia, you could be at an increased risk for potentially fatal side-effects including heart failure. General symptoms associated with heart failure include chest pain, swelling of extremities, weight fluctuation, and shortness of breath. These side effects should be treated immediately by medical professionals as they could be signs of serious health issues. If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with congestive heart failure as a result of using Avandia, you may be entitled to financial compensation
"The New England Journal of Medicine study just released showing a 43 percent increase in heart attacks in people using Avandia should come as no surprise either to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or to Glaxo. In animal studies done prior to its approval, one of the most constant findings was damage to the heart, and within the first six years of approval there have been 689 cases of heart failure reported to the FDA in patients using the drug. In addition, there have been reports of anemia which, along with heart failure, increases the risk for a heart attack."
More recently, there have been numerous reports of visual abnormalities in the form of macular edema (swelling of part of the retina) and increases in several kinds of fractures in women. Despite prior knowledge of serious cardiac problems, the FDA has failed to require Glaxo to adequately warn about the dangers of this drug that should be, at best, a last-choice treatment for Type II diabetes. In addition to the accumulating evidence of its risks, it is not even as effective as other diabetes drugs in lowering blood sugar or hemoglobin A1C, a measure of glucose control.
Texas Dangerous Drug Attorney Jason Coomer commonly works with other lawyers throughout Texas including Houston Avandia Lawyers, San Antonio Pharmaceutical Lawyers, Dallas Defective Medication Lawyers, and other Austin Dangerous Drug Claim Lawyers. By sharing information and working together, his law firm and other firms throughout Texas are able to provide better representation for there clients.
If you have lost a person that you love
from a heart attack that you think was caused by Avandia or
you believe that you have suffered heart damage from Avandia
and need a Texas Avandia Lawyer to investigate a possible
Avandia death claim or Avandia injury claim,
please feel free to e-mail Texas Diabetes Drug Lawyer Jason
Coomer with your name & contact information or
use our online form for a free case evaluation.