Avandia® – Tampa and Hillsborough County, Florida Personal Injury Lawyers
Avandia® (rosiglitazone) is a popular prescription drug used to treat “type-2” or “adult-onset” diabetes. Recently, due to serious concerns over potentially dangerous Avandia® side effects, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration required Avandia®’s manufacturer, GlaxoSmithKline, to include a “black box” warning on the pharmaceutical’s packaging.
The Jacksonville and Hillsborough County, Florida-area lawyers at the law office of Frank M. Eidson, are committed to serving personal injury victims and are well versed in the product liability laws that protect consumers. Convenient to clients throughout the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater area, we have handled lawsuits involving potentially harmful pharmaceuticals (including numerous claims involving Reglan® andYaz®).
Presently, our attorneys are investigating claims involving Avandia®, a popular prescription pharmaceutical used to treat type 2 diabetes. To speak with an experienced attorney, contact our Tampa / Hillsborough County, Florida-area lawyers. We will carefully evaluate your potential case and explain your legal options.
Is Avandia® Safe?
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. While other studies have deemed Avandia® to be safe, and neither the FDA nor GlaxoSmithKline have pulled Avandia® from the market, concerns persist.
These side effects may include:
- 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)
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with adverse Avandia® side effects, contact our Tampa / Hillsborough County, Florida-area lawyers today.
Recently, 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®.”
In fact, the FDA had been monitoring Avandia®’s link to several heart-related adverse events (including fluid retention, edema and congestive heart failure) for quite some time. In 2006, the FDA updated the Avandia®’s packaging. 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.
Contact Our Tampa, Florida Personal Injury Lawyers
Serving Tampa, Hillsborough County and Florida clients statewide, our attorneys are investigating Avandia® claims. Contact Frank M, Eidson, P.A., today to schedule a complimentary consultation and evaluation. Our legal team will represent you intelligently and aggressively. To speak with a courtroom-seasoned personal injury attorney – one familiar with Avandia®’s potential side effects– contact our Tampa, Florida lawyers today and schedule a free consultation.
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