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AVANDIA NEWS UPDATE: 9-23-10--The FDA has announced that Avandia can remain on the market but new patients can receive it only if their blood sugar can't be controlled with other medications.
7-15-10--After a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) panel meeting to discuss the safety of the diabetes drug Avandia, the panel ruled that the drug should either be withdrawn or have Avandia sales severely restricted. The FDA action was taken because of the drug's significant risk of heart attack, strokes and other potentially fatal heart problems.
Weitz & Luxenberg can aid Avandia patients who have sustained serious injuries as a result of taking the drug.
Weitz & Luxenberg is also investigating cases where diabetes patients taking either Avandia or Actos subsequently suffered bone fractures. Both post-menopausal women and men taking the drugs in combination with certain diuretic drugs (known as "loop diuretics") are at particular risk for bone fracture injuries.
The question is whether the drug increases a person's chance of having a heart attack.
Hundreds of pages of documents released by the FDA reveal much more about the possible dangers of Avandia.
One FDA reviewer looked at dozens of studies and found Avandia increased the risk of death, stroke or heart attack by 44 percent.
Previously, other evidence came to the fore regarding Avandia heart problems risks, including a report released by the Senate.
A two-year investigation by the Senate Finance Committee began in May 2007 after a study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine, showing a link between the diabetes drug Avandia (rosiglitazone) and heart problems such as heart attacks.
However, the reviewed evidence suggests that GlaxoSmithKline knew for several years prior to this study that there were possible heart problems risks associated with Avandia.
As a result, it can be argued that GSK had a duty to warn patients and the FDA of the Company’s concerns, the Senate report says.
Instead, the report indicates, GSK executives attempted to intimidate independent physicians, focused on strategies to minimize or misrepresent findings that Avandia may increase cardiovascular risk, and sought ways to downplay findings that a competing drug might reduce cardiovascular risk, according to the Senate's report.
When an independent scientist sought to publish a study in 2007 pointing out the Avandia heart risk, GSK acquired a leaked copy of that study from one of its consultants prior to the study being published.
The company’s own experts analyzed the study, found it to be statistically reliable, and then attacked the soundness of that study in press releases and public comments.
GSK also sought to counter the study’s findings by quickly releasing preliminary results from its own study on Avandia and heart attacks, even though the company’s internal communications established that its study was not primarily designed to answer questions about cardiovascular risk.
People who took the diabetes drug Avandia and suffered a heart attack or other serious health effect may be able to hold GlaxoSmithKline, the drug's manufacturer, responsible for damages, such as medical costs and mental anguish, among other things.
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