If you have developed cardiovascular problems (such as heart attack, stroke, or congestive heart failure) due to Avandia®, then you need to contact Ken Nunn today. Dealing with large pharmaceutical companies can be a daunting task. Having an experienced drug injury lawyer at your side will help you protect your rights. When you’re injured, the last thing that you want to worry about is court proceedings, paperwork, and the constant run-around you’ll receive from the insurance companies. They’d like nothing better than to give you a tiny check for your injuries. Don’t let them do it!
Avandia® is a drug used to treat diabetes by helping patients control their blood sugar levels. It is used only to treat Type 2, non-insulin dependent diabetes, and was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1999. Manufactured and marketed by GlaxoSmithKline, an estimated 60 million prescriptions have been written for it. Unfortunately, thousands of users have suffered serious and potentially fatal injuries as a result of the drug’s side effects.
After approval, the manufacturer received a large number of post-marketing reports of heart failure and heart attacks. By 2005, the FDA was aware of the cardiovascular risks of Avandia®. In 2006, GlaxoSmithKline complied with the FDA’s recommendation to change the label to show an increased risk of heart problems for patients taking the drug in combination with insulin. In 2007, a study by the New England Journal of Medicine reported that users of Avandia® had a 43 percent increase in the risk of suffering a heart attack and a 64 percent increase in the risk of a heart-related death when compared to those taking another drug or a placebo.
GlaxoSmithKline acknowledged that its own analysis of the data showed a 30 percent increased rate of heart attacks. Additional research confirmed that users of Avandia® could face an increased risk of osteoporosis, bone fractures, vision problems, and liver failure. Many lawsuits have been filed alleging that GlaxoSmithKline failed to provide complete information about the risk of heart attacks, heart disease, and death. Patients who have suffered side effects associated with the use of Avandia® may have a legal claim that they were prevented from making an informed decision about whether the benefits of the drug outweighed its dangers.
If you or someone you know have suffered health complications of any kind after taking Avandia®, talk to a lawyer. By hiring an experienced, aggressive and local Avandia® injury lawyer, you can ensure that your rights are being protected. I go toe-to-toe with large businesses and insurance companies on a daily basis. I know all the tricks they pull to try to keep you and your family from winning the compensation that you deserve.
Contact me today to receive a free consultation on a potential Avandia® injury claim. You can get help online by filling out a quick and easy form or you can call my office at 1-800-CALL-KEN. Prescription drug injuries have a huge impact on your life and your families. Put a fighter on your side and show these drug companies that they can’t get away with selling defective products. Please don’t hesitate. Contact me today.