Avandia side effects are now so well known that few people take the drug not knowing about the deadly side effects.
Imagine going to your doctor’s office as a relatedly healthy adult suffering from slightly elevated blood sugar, being prescribed Avandia — and within days of taking the medication ending up in an emergency room with a life-threatening heart attack!
That’s exactly what happened to a 55-year-old man, who wishes only to be identified as Bob. His Avandia side effects where terrible.
“Taking Avandia forced me to have an operation implanting a defibrillator in my chest to keep me alive,” says Bob, who claims he had no previous record of heart problems before taking the drug.
Unfortunately, his story is common among many former users of Avandia — who have since sought legal representation, filing Avandia lawsuits against the maker of this drug, pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline because of the many deadly Avandia side effects not disclosed.
The manufacturer of this once highly-touted diabetes drug never advised patient’s like Bob of the drug’s deadly list of potential Avandia side effects
Avandia side effects
Congestive Heart Failure
Sudden Cardiac Arrest
FDA Restrictions on Avandia because of Avandia Side Effects
In fact, heart attacks triggered by Avandia became so prevalent that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took the unusual step of restricting the use of the rosiglitazone-containing medicine on May 5, 2011.
Under this strict edict, the FDA has forbidden Avandia to be prescribed to new or existing patients unless they fall into one of only two categories:
1. Patients who already have been successfully treated with the drug and haven’t suffered from any of its Avandia side effects.
2. Patients whose blood sugar levels will not respond and cannot be controlled by any other medications – after first consulting with their doctor.
Allegations of A Cover Up On Avandia Side Effects
Sadly, the dangerous side effects of Avandia became apparent as early as 2007, yet doctors continued to freely subscribe the medication.
This has led some to allege GlaxoSmithKline of attempting to suppress the negative findings on Avandia.
Some industry experts such as Christine O’Brien of Healthier Talk.com are uncomfortable with the cozy relationship that existed between the pharmaceutical company and those researchers who gave Avandia a clean bill of health.
“A new review from the Mayo Clinic shows that most researchers who reported positive results in numerous studies of Avandia had financial ties to the pharmaceutical companies,” O’Brien wrote.
The exact percentage of those researchers with such financial ties to Avandia’s makers was 94%, with 25% of them not disclosing these financial ties, according to O’Brien.
Lawsuits vs. Statute of Limitations On Avandia Side Effects
As a result, numerous lawsuits have been filed against GlaxoSmithKline on behalf of the families of patients suffering fatal side effects or for patients themselves, who experienced life-threatening situations after using Avandia,
Many of these lawsuits are being filed and settled in favor of the plaintiffs. Some say this is prompting the pharmaceutical giant to fight new cases by claiming they fall under the statute of limitations.
GlaxoSmithKline recently tried but failed to get a federal judge to limit Avandia claims to those filed in 2007. But on Sept. 7, 2011, U.S. District Judge Cynthia Rufe denied this request and ruled in favor of lawyers representing patients suing the company.
She agreed with their argument that public knowledge about Avandia’s heart attack side effects was not available until the summer of 2010.
Now Is Time to Act
There is little doubt that GlaxoSmithKline will use its vast amount of legal and financial resources to vigorously fight against patient claims against Avandia.
That’s why it’s so important if you or a loved one has suffered a heart attack, stroke, congestive heart failure as a result of using Avandia, you should consider seeking legal representation as soon as possible, because time is running out!.
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