Avandia Class Action
Avandia is a diabetic drug made by the pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline, which is based in the United Kingdom. This drug is intended to combat the effects of diabetes by binding to PRAR receptors in fat cells, thus making a body more sensitive to insulin. In 2006, sales of the drug peaked worldwide, but shortly thereafter reports began to drift in of adverse effects experienced by those who had been taking the drug for more than a year, and allegations against GlaxoSmithKline were leveled for criminally marketing their drug by paying pharmacists and doctors to endorse it. While no Avandia class action lawsuit yet exists in the United States in order to deal with the complications this drug presents to users, a number of individual settlements with the company have already been reached.
Once reports of the negative effects of Avandia began to emerge, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) conducted an investigation, which revealed that those taking the drug increased their chance of a heart attack by as much as 43% and their chance of cardiac-related death by as much as 64% percent, even after using the drug for as little as a year. In 2007, the FDA issued a safety warning about the drug, but it is still being taken by millions of patients across the globe. While the number of doctors prescribing Avandia seems to be dropping, many patients are still unaware of the potential complications the drug presents and their legal rights if they suffer complications as a result of taking Avandia.
There are several potential options available to patients who have been affected by Avandia's side-effects – one is to pursue a settlement from the company itself. Over the last few years, the company has paid out over $460 million in settlement funds and is in the midst of reaching a deal with the British government.
Patients may also consider hiring a lawyer to represent their interests as no settlement fund for Avandia sufferers exists and in many cases patients will face an uphill battle to see things like treatment and testing costs refunded, as well as fair compensation for their suffering and increased risk at the hands of a drug that was reportedly safe.
Though unlikely it is possible that an Avandia class action lawsuit may be filed in the future however as in similar litigation dealing with bad drugs it is far more likely that individual lawsuits will be the best option available for the injured parties to recover their losses. An experienced Avandia lawyer can provide advice not only on how best to proceed with a settlement claim by also examine the possibility of creating an Avandia class action lawsuit.
If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of the use of Avandia and need more information regarding your legal options contact one of our Patient and Family Advocates who have years of experience in helping people just like you. They know the questions to ask and can help you prepare to discuss your case with an attorney. Further, if you decide you wish to speak with an Avandia attorney they will be happy to set up an immediate free consultation with a nationally recognized firm that can give you the best option for a recovery.