What is Avandia?
What is Avandia Used For?
The controversy over the alleged link between heart attacks, strokes and Avandia has caused millions of people to question what is Avandia?
Avandia is a Type 2 diabetes oral medication that belongs to a class of drugs known as thiazolidinediones. Like other Type 2 diabetes treatments, patients take Avandia to help control or lower blood sugar levels. Avandia is made and marketed by GlaxoSmithKline and was approved by the FDA for patient use in 1999.
Avandia is sometimes used in combined with other medications, but is not intended for use with insulin, which is a Type 1 diabetes treatment. Patients with underlying heart disease or who are at high risk of heart disease should not take Avandia.
Avandia Side Effects
Avandia was once the top-selling Type 2 diabetes medication in the world, until the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) significantly reduced access to the drug in 2010, after receiving reports that the drug increases risk of heart failure and stroke.
There are several other, less serious Avandia side effects that occur more frequently. Patients who experience any of the following Avandia side effects, however, should see their doctor right away.
- Rapid heartbeat
- Changes in menstrual cycle
Serious, and even fatal, Avandia side effects include:
- Heart attack
- Bone fractures
- Liver disease
So what is Avandia? Avandia became the subject of serious concern among patients, physicians and the FDA after a prominent cardiologist at the Cleveland Clinic published a 2007 study in the New England Journal of Medicine showing that Avandia increases the chances of heart attack by 43 percent.
Since then, other serious Avandia side effects have been uncovered. In 2008, the Archives of Internal Medicine discovered that patients who take Avandia for at least 12 months are twice as likely to suffer from bone fractures. Additionally, a study in Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety revealed a link between Avandia and liver failure in 2009. The study estimated that at least one case of liver failure occurs for every 44,000 patients who take Avandia.
In 2012, GlaxoSmithKline agreed to pay $90 million to Oregon and 37 other states to settle claims alleging that the pharmaceutical company unlawfully promoted Avandia.
GlaxoSmithKline has agreed to several conditions as part of the agreement:
- To refrain from making false, misleading, or deceptive claims about any diabetes drug;
- To refrain from making comparative safety claims not supported by substantial evidence or substantial clinical experience;
- To refrain from presenting favorable information previously thought of as valid but rendered invalid by contrary and more credible recent information;
- To refrain from misusing statistics or otherwise misrepresenting the nature, applicability, or significance of clinical trials.If you or someone you know has suffered from Avandia side effects, the first step is to see a doctor right away. The next, critical step is to talk to an Avandia lawyer. A serious health condition can be physically devastating and financially draining. Although every case is different, an Avandia lawsuit could help you recover financial compensation for:
- Income loss
- Medical expenses
- Medical fees not covered by insurance
- Travel expenses for medical treatments
- Pain and suffering
- Funeral expenses
- Mental and emotional support
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