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Avandia Class Action Lawsuits and Increased Risk of Strokes

If you are a patient taking Avandia and have suffered a heart attack or stroke, you need to seek legal advice as the time for filing a lawsuit may be running out, . Avandia is used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus but studies have linked Avandia to an increased risk of adverse heart events.

Avandia was found to have an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes, the problems it causes are similar to those caused by Vioxx. Avandia is believed to increase a certain subset of cholesterol that also increases the risk of heart attacks.

The FDA issued a safety alert in May, 2007, based on different studies, and found that people with underlying heart disease are at an increased risk of one of those events [heart attack or stroke] if they are taking Avandia. There was a meta-analysis, where researchers looked at different studies, and that showed a 30 to 40 percent greater risk of a heart attack in patients treated with Avandia than people treated with a placebo or other diabetes therapies.

So far, the FDA has not recalled Avandia, preferring instead to require the drug to include a boxed warning, alerting patients to the increased risks associated with the drug. That announcement came after recommendations were made at the joint meeting between FDA’s Endocrine and Metabolic Drugs Committee and the Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee.

The black box warning was added on November 14, 2007. It warns people with underlying heart disease that they should be monitored closely while they are taking Avandia. The statute of limitations, if you go from the black box warning, would be Nov 14, 2009 for people residing in states with a two year statute of limitations. Patients should definitely seek legal help immediately or risk being barred by the statute of limitations.”

Depending on where you live, the statute of limitations varies, but it is important to seek legal help before that statute runs out. Avandia was originally approved to treat diabetes in 1999 and is manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline.

If you or a family member has been injured medically because of the fault of someone else: by the use of dangerous drugs, bad products, or toxic injury etc then please contact the Fort Worth Texas Dangerous Drugs Product Liability Attorney Dr. Shezad Malik. For a no obligation, free case analysis, please call 817-255-4001 or Contact Me Online.

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