Avandia, otherwise known as Rosiglitazone, was aimed at helping Type 2 diabetes patients increase their sensitivity to insulin, a natural substance that enables the body control the amount of sugar in the blood. More than six million patients were prescribed this drug after its approval for distribution by the US Food and Drug Administration in 1999.
People suffering from Type I diabetes are not supposed to take Avandia due to their failure to produce enough insulin or produce no insulin at all. Though the medicine may be taken along with other diabetes medications or is usually taken with an exercise and healthy diet program, it may also be taken alone, even without having any food first.
Avandia is recommended only to those who are already taking the medication due to the side-effects reported against it. These side-effects, which include greater risk to congestive heart failure, heart attack and other heart ailments, were discovered after a series of studies made on the drug.
Despite such findings Glaxo SmithKline, Avandia’s manufacturer, maintains its stand on the result of its own studies that showed the drug safe for use. Glaxo SmithKline is acknowledged to be the largest pharmaceutical company in the world; it was formed through the union of SmithKline Beecham and Glaxo Wellcome, two UK companies.
Those in danger of various side-effects (such as hypoglycemia, serious allergic reactions, hyperflycemia, blurring of vision, back pain, congestive heart failure, which is a condition where the heart is not able to supply enough blood to the different parts of the body, myocardial ischemia, liver failure, cardiovascular heart diseases and fatal heart attack) are not only those who are taking Avandia. Any one taking Avandia-containing drugs is also prone to suffering from any or a combination of any of its side-effects.
The fact that Glaxo failed to include in its drug’s label the risks associated with taking Avandia, it may already be pronounced guilty of negligence. And as victims, patients have the legal right to file a claims lawsuit and receive compensation. This filing will need to be done before the end of the statutory period, however. To make sure that filing is made correctly and in time, seeking the assistance of a highly-qualified legal council is advisable.