Avandia Heart and Stroke Risks

Pharmaceutical Litigation

Colson Hicks Eidson has extensive experience representing victims in products liability actions who have suffered from taking prescription and over-the-counter drugs.

Drug Injury Attorneys in Florida with Decades of Successful Results Helping Victims File Avandia Lawsuits

Avandia, a drug used to treat Type 2 diabetes, is one of many dangerous drugs available to U.S. consumers. Despite its serious cardiovascular risks, doctors and hospitals around the country continue to prescribe Avandia.

Our drug injury lawyers fight to hold pharmaceutical companies accountable when their defective products harm patients. We have a solid history of standing up for consumers nationwide in cases involving individual plaintiffs and class action and multidistrict litigation. If you have experienced serious side effects associated with this dangerous drug, call our Avandia lawsuit attorneys with offices in Coral Gables FL handling nationwide claims for more information on your best legal options.


What are Avandia Side Effects?

Numerous studies have linked Avandia to serious cardiovascular risks:

  • One scientific analysis that reviewed dozens of short-term clinical studies found that Avandia increases patients’ risk of heart attack by 43 percent and their risk of death from heart disease by 64 percent.
  • Another study found that, compared to other diabetes medications, Avandia raises the risk of heart attack by 28 to 39 percent.
  • A HealthCore Inc. study that looked at both Avandia and Actos, found that of 28,938 insurance clients, 96 patients taking Avandia suffered heart attacks, 265 Avandia patients suffered heart failure, 24 suffered both a heart attack and heart failure and 217 died.

In 2010, a former U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) official alleged GlaxoSmithKline withheld information indicating Avandia poses serious cardiovascular risks. Avandia users who have suffered a heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular issue may be entitled to financial compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering when filing an Avandia lawsuit.

Is Avandia a Defective Drug?

In September 2010, the FDA introduced Avandia restrictions due to its cardiovascular risks. Under the FDA’s restricted access program, this once top-selling diabetes drug can only be prescribed to:

  • Patients who were already being successfully treated with it when the new restrictions took effect.
  • Patients whose blood sugar cannot be controlled by other medications and who have consulted with their healthcare professional and decided not to use pioglitazone-containing medications.

As of November 18, 2011, consumers could no longer purchase Avandia and other rosiglitazone-containing medications at retail pharmacies. Access to Avandia is now limited to healthcare providers and patients enrolled in the Avandia-Rosiglitazone Medicines Access Program. The FDA also requires Avandia manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline to include information about the drug’s serious cardiovascular risks in its physician labeling and patient medication guide.

Miami Drug Injury Lawyers Now Filing Nationwide Avandia Lawsuit Injury Claims

As long as this dangerous drug remains on the market, our drug injury attorneys will continue to protect patients who suffer Avandia-related heart attacks and strokes. Our law firm has the knowledge, experience and determination needed to challenge pharmaceutical giants like GlaxoSmithKline and their teams of attorneys successfully. We let big drug companies know that putting patients at risk can come with steep legal consequences.

If you or a loved one has experienced cardiovascular complications or passed away while taking Avandia, contact our drug injury lawyers today to learn about your legal rights during a free, no-obligation consultation. Call 305-476-7400 to learn more about ongoing Avandia lawsuit options today.