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Avandia is a drug that is taken orally by people who have Type 2 diabetes. It is designed to reduce insulin resistance by reducing the amount of glucose released by the liver. The manufacturer of Avandia is a British pharmaceutical company, GlaxoSmithKline, and the drug is also known as Rosiglitazone. The FDA approved the sale of this drug in the United States in 1999. Approximately one million patients in the United States use Avandia to help control their Type 2 diabetes. Avandia lawsuits emerged as this drug had been linked to a higher risk of strokes, heart attacks, and congestive heart failure.
While Avandia was marketed with the promise that it did not increase the chance of liver failure, some reports of this problem have come out. However, the more significant problems of heart attack, congestive heart failure and stroke had taken nearly a decade to emerge. One of the reasons for this was the reported intimidation by the manufacturer of those who spoke out about associated dangers.
After a number of iterations, the FDA announced that the warning labels for Avandia would be changed to indicate that it potentially increases heart-related pain and heart disease.
Avandia Side Effects:
- Low blood sugar
- Liver problems
- Heart failure
- Heart attack
- Weight gain.
Clinical studies in 2007 indicated that the Avandia side effects included a 43 % increase in the risk of a heart attack by patients using this drug. In 2011, the FDA tightened the restrictions on Avandia and included a requirement that patients sign an informed consent before receiving the drug. In 2010 the manufacturer agreed to settle approximately 10,000 Avandia lawsuits and to pay over 460 million dollars. That number has since increased.