Avandia, also known as rosiglitazone, is manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1999 for individuals with diabetes to help improve their glucose (blood sugar) level control. Since then, Avandia has been widely used by thousands of Type 2 diabetics. Unfortunately, concern about the safety of Avandia and whether the benefits of the drug outweigh the potential risks surfaced in 2007 and continues to affect Type 2 diabetes patients today.
Avandia Dangerous Side Effects
A Cleveland Clinic cardiologist conducted a study in 2007 that suggested Avandia increased the risk of heart attacks. A Congressional inquiry, severe safety warnings, and a plummet in the drug’s sales ensued. However, it wasn’t until September 2010 that the FDA announced it would significantly restrict the use of Avandia (rosiglitazone) to patients with Type 2 diabetes who cannot control their diabetes on other medications. The new restrictions were in response to data that suggested a heightened risk of cardiovascular events, such as heart attack and stroke, in patients treated with Avandia.
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Type 2 Diabetes Risks
People with Type 2 diabetes face potential complications from their disease. Type 2 diabetes can cause serious health issues, such as eye problems; feet and skin sores; infections; pain; nerve damage; kidney damage; digestion problems; and difficulty controlling blood pressure and cholesterol, resulting in increased risks of heart attack and stroke.
Diabetes is prevalent in the U.S. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), almost 6 million people in the United States have Type 2 diabetes without knowing it. What’s even more striking is that based on American Diabetes Association data released in January 2011, 25.8 million children and adults in the United States (8.3% of the population) have diabetes. In fact, about 1.9 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in individuals aged 20 years or older in 2010.
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As patients, we trust that the medications we are prescribed or purchase over-the-counter are safe and properly labeled. Although most pharmaceuticals have side effects, it is essential that drug manufacturers properly test their products to determine the extent of the side effects so as to warn consumers about the potential complications associated with a drug. Drug label errors do happen, and some drugs are simply unsafe. The FDA is in charge of investigating the safety of a wide range of products, including medications. Additionally, the FDA must also issue warnings to drug manufacturers regarding the safety of prescription drugs. Unfortunately, the agency’s efforts and the announcement of new side effects or recalls often come too late for some patients.
A drug manufacturer’s failure to warn of potential side effects can cause a patient to suffer serious physical harm, not to mention financial and psychological consequences. As Providence RI personal injury attorneys, we are committed to personal, social, and economic justice. Each and every one of our clients receives compassionate, effective, and comprehensive legal assistance for their specific case. It is our duty to protect the rights of people who have suffered because of a manufacturer’s oversight, negligence, or desire to put profits ahead of consumer safety. To learn more about how we can help, call 855-213-0404 today.