Avandia, a drug used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes, has been the center of considerable media attention. Much of that is due to the several class action lawsuits that have alleged that Avandia is responsible for injuring thousands of its users.
According to Bloomberg Businessweek, GlaxoSmithKline was said to pay $460 million to resolve Avandia lawsuits in 2010. The average Avandia lawsuit won $46,000 in damages, and the total number of lawsuits filed was around 10,000.
Plaintiffs in these lawsuits alleged that using Avandia had caused them injuries, including heart failure, heart attack, stroke, and death. Studies have shown that Avandia causes fluid retention, which can lead to the serious conditions listed above. User risk for heart attacks could be increased by almost 50%, and their risk of cardiovascular death can be over 60% higher.
Avandia has had a long and controversial history, with some suggesting its negative side effects were covered up, all while FDA infighting prevented a recall and GlaxoSmithKline continued to pull in billions of dollars a year in sales. The victims in this confusion were the patients. If you or a loved one has suffered injury or a wrongful death due to taking Avandia for type 2 diabetes, contact an experienced Avandia injury lawyer today.