Avandia Linked to Heart Attack, Stroke, Cardiovascular Disease

Baron & Budd represents a number of states in lawsuits against the drugs’s manufacturer, GlaxcoSmithKline, for fraudulent marketing of Avandia.

Avandia is a prescription medication used to help people with type 2 diabetes control their blood sugar. Avandia quickly became a blockbuster drug after its introduction in the U.S. in 1999. Eight years later, a landmark analysis indicated the drug was linked to a substantially higher risk of heart attack or cardiovascular-related death than other similar drugs. Thousands of Avandia lawsuit claims, verdict awards, and settlements have played out over the last decade. If you experienced dangerous Avandia side effects or complications from diabetes medications like Invokana or Onglyza and want to pursue your legal options, call Baron & Budd to see if you qualify to file a claim.

No Avandia Recall, But FDA Issues Tight Restrictions in 2010

The FDA placed a black box warning on Avandia in 2007. Even though the FDA considered removing the drug from the market at that time, Avandia’s manufacturer insisted that certain studies showed no increased health risks from taking Avandia. In July 2010, an FDA panel voted not to remove Avandia from the market, but called for stronger restrictions when writing prescriptions.

Though Avandia has been criticized for safety issues since 2007, the drug’s manufacturer, GlaxcoSmithKline, continued to hide the truth about the medication’s harmful side effects and even lobbied the FDA to keep the drug on the market. The manufacturer went so far as mounting a multi-million dollar ad campaign to promote Avandia after the black box warning was placed on the drug, and Avandia sales soared. As a result of this ad campaign, several states are suing GlaxcoSmithKline for fraudulent advertising.

Symptoms of Serious Avandia Complications & Side Effects

Avandia is known to cause or worsen congestive heart failure, heart attack, and can cause liver damage. Serious Avandia complication symptoms to look out for include:

    • Edema & Swelling
    • Heart Palpitations & Increased Heart Rate
    • Shortness of Breath
    • Dark Urine & Abdominal Pain

If you are taking Avandia and experience any of these symptoms, alert your doctor immediately as these could be signs of liver damage or heart attack. Once you have been treated by your physician, contact our attorneys so we can determine your eligibility to file a lawsuit for Avandia complications.

Avandia Lawsuit Settlements

In 2010 the drug’s manufacturer, GlaxcoSmithKline, chose to settle 700 lawsuits out of court. The $60 million Avandia settlement was distributed among the 700 cases.

Two months later the manufacturer settled thousands more lawsuits for $460 million.

In 2012, a $3 billion Avandia settlement was negotiated after GlaxcoSmithKline pled guilty to withholding data in Court.

In 2014 Baron & Budd’s own lawyers helped negotiate a $177 million lawsuit settlement on behalf of seven U.S. states.

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