Since its release in 1999, Avandia®, or rosiglitazone, has been one of the most popular drugs used to treat “type-2” or “adult-onset” diabetes. An estimated 60 million prescriptions have been written for Avandia®. However, in 2006 its manufacturer, GlaxoSmithKline, alerted physicians that the drug had been shown to have side effects that include two kinds of edema in patients, which can lead to a multitude of health complications, including congestive heart failure. Patients using Avandia® may have already suffered from the serious side effects of the drug but may not know about the legal action they may pursue for their injuries. The qualified product liability attorneys at Long & Long in Mobile and Baldwin County, Alabama can help you pursue a product liability lawsuit when you are ready to take action.
Dangerous Side Effects of Avandia®
In the summer of 2007, the New England Journal of Medicine published a study that found that patients regularly taking Avandia® had a significantly higher risk for heart disease and heart attacks. A Senate Finance Committee report showed that Avandia® may be the cause of hundreds of preventable heart attacks across the country every month. Those taking Avandia® had a 43 percent increase in heart attacks. Peripheral and macular edema caused by Avandia® can lead to a multitude of serious health complications including:
- Congestive heart failure
- Rapid weight gain
- Fractured and broken bones – commonly found in women taking Avandia®
- Severe vision loss and eye damage
- Myocardial ischemia – reduced blood supply to the heart
If you or a loved one live in Mobile or Baldwin County, Alabama and have been injured by taking the diabetes medication Avandia®, please contact the experienced Alabama product liability attorneys at Long & Long, P.A. to schedule a free initial consultation today.