Weitz and Luxenberg Lawyers Aid Avandia Patients
Since the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Avandia in 1999, the drug continues to be at the epicenter of controversy for the debilitating and life threatening medical problems it causes many diabetics in the United States. Manufactured by pharmaceutical company, Glaxo Smith Kline, Avandia is prescribed by doctors and other medical professionals to treat patients afflicted by type 2 diabetes. Unfortunately, many of these patients are suffering additional medical problems, including severe heart problems (failure in some cases), and strokes.
On February 20th 2010, U.S. Senators Max Baucus and Charles Grassley alleged in a report that, “Glaxo Smith Kline was aware for years that Avandia could cause heart damage, but deliberately downplayed the scientific findings regarding the safety of the drug.” (Staff Report on Glaxosmithkline and the Diabetes Drug Avandia, January 2011) The same Senate report claimed that Glaxo Smith Kline executives attempted to intimidate independent physicians, and formulated strategies to minimize, or misrepresent findings that Avandia may increase cardiovascular risk. In September 2010, the FDA announced that “Avandia would remain on the U.S. market, but its use would be tightly restricted.” (USA Today)
In conjunction with a rigorous diet and exercise program, Avandia (clinically classified as a Thiazolidinedione drug), is intended to treat patients with type 2 diabetes.
A person with type 2 diabetes is not able to use insulin normally, and cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood. Avandia increases the body’s sensitivity to insulin.
The Weitz and Luxenberg Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Litigation Unit Can Assist Individuals Injured by Avandia
Weitz and Luxenberg believes that it is unfortunate enough when a person has to live with diabetes. It is even more tragic when they suffer a heart attack, stroke or other serious health complication as a result of taking a defective medication. When a person is prescribed medication to treat diabetes, or any other ailment, they should not have to contend with additional, potentially life threatening side effects.
If you or a loved one has suffered from the side effects of Avandia, the Weitz and Luxenberg Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Litigation Unit can provide you with legal assistance. Our highly qualified attorneys can familiarize you with your legal options, and help you receive compensation for any health complications you have needlessly incurred. Our firm is aware that no amount of monetary compensation can eradicate the pain and suffering endured, but it can help finance any medical treatments you may require.
Please be aware that we not only aid Avandia patients who have suffered serious cardiac injuries or strokes, we also investigate cases involving people who have suffered bone fractures as a result of taking Avandia.
For a free legal review of your Avandia or other defective medication case, simply fill out the form on this page. A Weitz and Luxenberg representative will be in touch with you as soon as possible.
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