Florida Avandia Lawyer
Avandia® – or rosiglitazone – is a popular prescription drug, manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline, used to treat “type-2” or “adult-onset” diabetes. In 2007, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that due to concerns over serious side effects, Avandia® would carry a “black box” warning.
Furthermore, the FDA issued a safety alert on Avandia®. This release noted that:
“Safety data controlled clinical trials have shown that there is a potentially significant increase in the risk of heart attack and heart-related deaths in patients taking Avandia®. However, other published and unpublished data from long-term clinical trials of Avandia®…provide contradictory evidence about the risks in patients treated with Avandia®.”
Our Orlando, Florida pharmaceutical litigation and defective drug attorneys are committed to serving personal injury victims and are well versed in the product liability laws that protect consumers. We have handled lawsuits involving potentially harmful pharmaceuticals.
While doubts as to Avandia®’s safety have persisted, the drug is nonetheless used by more 2 million people. Approved for diabetes treatment in 1999, an estimated 60+ million prescriptions for Avandia® have been written. If you or a loved one has experienced any serious Avandia® side effects, contact the dangerous drug lawsuit attorneys at the Orlando, Florida law office Frank M. Eidson, P.A., today. An experienced personal injury lawyer will evaluate your case and explain your legal options.
What is Avandia®?
Avandia® (rosiglitazone) is an anti-diabetic drug manufactured by the United Kingdom-based pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline. Designed to increase the body’s sensitivity to insulin and used to treat type-2, non-insulin dependent diabetes – a serious, life-threatening disease that affects about 18 to 20 million Americans – Avandia® has been on the market since 1999.
When Avandia® hit the market it did so with a high degree of promise and initially the reports of its effectiveness were positive. However, reports soon surfaced linking Avandia® to serious side effects. These side effects included:
- Heart Attack / Congestive Heart Failure
- Myocardial Ischemia
- Severe Chest Pain
- Severe Allergic Reaction
Those with the highest risk of developing such serious, potentially life-threatening Avandia® side effects include patients who have a history of:
- Heart Disease
- Blood Clots/Deep Vein Thrombosis
- High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
One study concluded that individuals taking Avandia® were 43 percent more likely to have a heart attack. While other studies have deemed Avandia® to be safe, and neither the FDA nor GlaxoSmithKline have pulled Avandia® from the market, concerns persist. At the Orlando, Florida law office of Frank M. Eidson, P.A., our lawyers are currently investigating claims involving Avandia®. To speak with an experienced attorney, contact us today.
Since its release, the FDA has been monitoring Avandia®’s link to several heart-related adverse events (including fluid retention, edema and congestive heart failure). The FDA has updated the product’s labeling on several occasions, most recently in 2006. This latest update included a new warning about a potential increase in heart attacks and heart-related chest pain in some individuals using Avandia®.
The FDA is advising patients who are taking Avandia® – especially those who are known to have underlying heart disease or who are at high risk of heart attack – to talk to their doctor about this new information as they evaluate the available treatment options for their type 2 diabetes.
Please note, you should not discontinue your medication unless specifically directed by your physician.
Our legal team will represent you intelligently and aggressively. To discuss your potential claim with an attorney – one familiar with Avandia®’s potential side effects – at our Florida law office, contact the Frank M. Eidson, P.A., today.
Some studies have indicated that Avandia® may cause serious side effects. If you have been diagnosed with Avandia® side effects, our personal injury lawyers may be able to help. Contact an Orlando, Florida attorney at the law office of Frank M. Eidson for a free consultation. Please have the following information handy:
- Prescription records
- Medical records
- Diagnosis records of any Avandia® side effects
- Insurance claim forms
- Correspondence with your doctor
- Correspondence with your insurance company
- Any bills/records of costs you have incurred
Contact Our Florida Avandia Lawyer
At the Orlando, Florida law office of Frank M. Eidson, P.A., our experienced lawyers are currently investigating claims involving the popular type 2 diabetes pharmaceutical Avandia®.
Our legal team will represent you intelligently and aggressively. To speak with a courtroom-seasoned personal injury lawyer – one familiar with Avandia® side effects–Contact our Florida Avandia lawyers today and schedule a free consultation.
NOTE: This site contains general information that is intended to be accurate and up to date. It is not intended to provide legal advice. For legal advice, please personally consult with an experienced attorney.