Contact us today to speak with defective drug attorney about your legal rights and options if you or someone you love has been injured by Avandia®. A Connecticut Avandia® side effects lawyer could help you take legal action.
A Drug With Risks
In addition to heart attack and heart-related death, Avandia® has also been associated with:
- Congestive heart failure, edema, and fluid retention
- Liver toxicity
- Low blood pressure
The risk of potentially fatal heart problems was first documented in 2000, when Dr. John B. Buse, chief of endocrinology at the University of North Carolina, sent a letter to the FDA stating that the leading Type 2 diabetes treatment was “a worrisome trend in cardiovascular deaths and severe adverse events.”
Later, Dr. Steven E. Nissen, a leading cardiologist, voiced concerns over the safety of Avandia®. According to Dr. Nissen, patients with Type 2 diabetes face a 20.2 percent chance of having a heart attack during a seven-year period but Avandia increases that risk to 28.9 percent. He has since estimated that thousands of Avandia users have suffered heart problems as a result of taking the drug.
The NEJM article published in 2007 estimated the risk of heart attack to be 30 to 40 percent higher in patients taking Avandia®: than in patients treated with another diabetes drug or placebo.
Schedule a Consultation with a Connecticut Avandia® Side Effects Attorney
Since its approval in 1999 for the treatment of Type 2 diabetes, an estimated 10 million Americans have taken Avandia®. In fact, it was once considered a safer alternative to other diabetes drugs and quickly became the world’s top-selling diabetes drug.
Despite its popularity, Avandia® carries significant risks and patients who have suffered harm as a result may be entitled to financial reimbursement. To learn more about recovering your losses with an Avandia lawsuit, contact us to speak with an experienced Avandia® side effects lawyer today at Berkowitz and Hanna LLC. We’ll evaluate your case FREE of charge, answer your questions, and ensure your rights are protected.