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Avandia® Settlements

Avandia settlements attempt to compensate patients for the severe injuries they sustain after taking Avandia, a tablet medication prescribed to treat type-2 diabetes.

Produced by GlaxoSmithKline, Avandia is generically known as rosiglitazone and has been available in the U.S. since 1999. Despite being effective at regulating an individual's blood sugar levels, however, Avandia has been reported to cause some severe, potentially fatal side effects, including:

  • bone fracture (especially in the arms, hands or feet)
  • congestive heart failure
  • heart attack
  • hypoglycemia (dangerously low blood sugar)
  • hyperglycemia (dangerously high blood sugar)
  • jaundice
  • liver dysfunction
  • severe allergic reaction
  • upper respiratory tract infection

Avandia patients who develop such serious injuries should:

  • Seek immediate medical care to prevent further, life-threatening health complications.
  • Consult with an experienced defective drug lawyer to find out if they have a viable legal claim against GlaxoSmithKline. If they do, in fact, have a legal claim against Glaxo, they will be able to seek an Avandia settlement or court award that will compensate them for their losses.

Avandia Warnings

To date, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not issued an Avandia recall. However, in May 2007, the FDA:

  • narrowly voted (8 to 7) against issuing an Avandia recall
  • voted to require GlaxoSmithKline to include "black box" warnings (indicating a medication's potentially fatal side effects) on Avandia packaging

These actions came on the heels of research, published in the Heart medical journal that suggested that Avandia can increase the likelihood of having a heart attack by up to 40 percent.

Risk Factors for Avandia Side Effects

In addition to listing severe Avandia side effects, the black box warnings on Avandia also highlight some factors that may increase the risks of developing such health complications. Risk factors for serious Avandia side effects include having a history of:

  • congestive heart failure
  • eye problems related to diabetes
  • heart attack
  • heart disease
  • liver disease
  • stroke

To minimize the risk of developing severe Avandia side effects, it's essential that diabetes patients discuss their complete medical history with their doctor before starting a course of this medication.

How to Start an Avandia Lawsuit

Patients injured after taking Avandia will likely have a legal claim against GlaxoSmithKline and will be entitled to an Avandia settlement for their injuries and losses.

Prospective plaintiffs can find out more about their legal rights by consulting an experienced defective drug attorney for a free initial consultation. Along with getting a thorough evaluation of their claim, injured parties can also get expert legal advice regarding the best manner in which to pursue their case, especially if that includes an Avandia® lawsuit.

To schedule a private, free consultation to see whether you qualify for a settlement, contact a qualified Avandia settlement legal professional today.

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