Avandia Lawyer

The Gallagher Law Firm is currently prosecuting cases involving the diabetes drug Avandia which has been connected to increased incidences of heart attack and stroke.

Contact The Gallagher Law Firm online or call (713) 238-7705 if you think you or a relative may have developed heart problems or stroke while taking Avandia.

The drug Avandia (Generic name: rosiglitazone maleate) is an anti-diabetic drug in the thiazolidinedione (TZDs) class of drugs. It is used for the treatment of Diabetes type 2 both by itself and in combination with insulin to help control blood sugar levels. This medication helps reduce insulin resistance.

How Avandia Works

Avandia works by increasing the bodies’ sensitivity to insulin, a hormone secreted by the pancreas that allows your body to use blood sugar for energy. When the bodies’ cells are more sensitive to insulin, the sugar in your blood can pass through to your body more easily, instead of remaining in your blood and building up to dangerous levels.

Possible Side Effects and Potential Dangers

Common side effects associated with use of this drug are headache, runny nose and other cold symptoms, back pain, and painful or irregular menstrual periods. This medication can cause low blood sugar when taken with other diabetes medications. In clinical studies more women who took this medication were prone to fractures of the hands, arms, feet, ankles and lower legs.

The FDA has issued a “black box warning” (the FDA’s most severe warning) on AVANDIA and other drugs containing Thiazolidinedione for causing or worsening cardiac failure in some patients, including cardiac arrest, stroke and increase risk of cardiac events. As of September 2010 this drug has been restricted but will remain available with additional safety labeling and restrictions for use. The FDA will be conducting ongoing research, and will continue to regulate the use of this medication with a strict REMS.

History of Avandia

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) first introduced this drug almost a decade ago, and in 2007, for the second time, AVANDIA has almost been declared high risk for cardiovascular patients, requiring it’s withdrawal from the shelves. Studies showed an increase of the risk of a cardiac event of up to 43%. As of September 2010, the FDA ruled that the drug will remain available but will contain a “black box warning” and will be heavily restricted.

This drug is currently the subject of many lawsuits against GSK – over 13,000. As of July 2010 GSK has agreed to settlements on more than 11K of these.

Call The Gallagher Law Firm to talk to the Avandia lawyer at (713) 238-7705 or contact us online if you think you or a relative may have developed heart problems or stroke while taking Avandia.