Avandia – The News Keeps Getting Worse

Avandia is the drug many residents of Florida are discussing lately, which is used to treat Type 2 diabetes. Some users have found the cure has caused more problems than the original disease.

Heart failure can be a deadly result of taking the oral diabetes medicine, made by GlaxoSmithKline. Avandia, also known as rosiglitazone, has been found to contribute to heart attack or failure, according to a six-year study on Avandia. 6.9 percent of the patients taking the drug died or were hospitalized.

A new study from the British Medical Journal (BMJ), published in August 2009, concludes that the drug has no advantage over competitor, Actos, and is more likely to trigger heart failure and death.

The drug came under the eye of the Food and Drug Administration, which in 2007, pressured Glaxo to make a more explicit “black box” warning about the heart risks. The FDA has also required more controlled trials and testing for Avandia, but that comes too late for patients who have been taking it to control their Type 2 diabetes.

Both the American Diabetes Association and the European Association for the Study of Diabetes advise against using Avandia, none of which have helped sales, which peaked at about $2.5 billion in 2006 and was down to $252 million by the end of 2007.

If you have been injured after taking Avandia, the skilled Florida Avandia lawyers at Farah and Farah can help you determine whether your injury is related to the use of Avandia. Remember, the clock is ticking from the time you know or suspect your injury may be drug-related to filing notice of a lawsuit. An initial inquiry costs you nothing and may help save your life and dissuade others from using the drug, which is still sold under its patent for another three years. Call Farah and Farah today at 800-533-3555.