Wisconsin Avandia Attorney

Posted by PKSD Law Firm on Nov 06, 2009 in Dangerous Drugs

Avandia, manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline, is an oral anti-diabetic agent which acts primarily by increasing insulin sensitivity. Avandia was approved by the FDA in 1999 and has been used by millions of Americans with diabetes.

Researchers have found that Avandia can increase the risk of heart attack. The New England Journal of Medicine used 42 different studies to show that Avandia patients are at a 43% greater risk of heart attack than those not taking the drug. There is also a 64% increased risk of dying from cardiovascular causes while taking the drug.

After a review of postmarketing adverse event reports, the FDA determined that an updated label with a boxed warning on the risks of heart failure was needed for the entire thiazolidinedione class of antidiabetic drugs.

The strengthened warning, also called a Black Box Warning, advises healthcare professionals to observe patients carefully for the signs and symptoms of heart failure, including excessive, rapid weight gain, shortness of breath, and edema after starting drug therapy. Patients with these symptoms who then develop heart failure should receive appropriate management of the heart failure and use of the drug should be reconsidered. People who have questions should contact their healthcare providers to discuss alternative treatments.

Pitman, Kalkhoff & Sicula is a Wisconsin personal injury law firm handling dangerous drug cases through out the state. Our personal injury lawyers have successfully represented injured people in almost every county. We know Wisconsin.

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