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Senate Report Not Positive for Avandia

People all over the United States need help managing diabetes, and one of the leading medications over the past decade that was meant to provide this help is known as Avandia.  Avandia is manufactured by the pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline.  In recent years, the medication has come under intense scrutiny in response to a growing number of reports of serious Avandia side effects.  These reports have prompted not only the government to get involved, but has also led to the filing of countless lawsuits by Avandia side effects lawyers on behalf of injured clients.

Avandia Side Effects are Extremely Prevalent

Now comes word that an exhaustive Senate report on Avandia has been completed and released, and the overall conclusion of this report is anything but positive for Avandia, GlaxoSmithKline and those who are or have used Avandia over the years.  The report was based on a review of over 25,000 pages of documentation related to the drug, and the findings by those who formulated the report include:
  • Avandia could be responsible for as many as 83,000 heart attacks since the drug hit the market.
  • GlaxoSmithKline made efforts to undermine and/or discredit negative information regarding Avandia.  The report specifically states:
“”GSK executives attempted to intimidate independent physicians, focused on strategies to minimize or misrepresent findings that Avandia may increase cardiovascular risk and sought ways to downplay findings that a competing drug might reduce cardiovascular risk.”
  • The FDA was guilty of overlooking data that indicated that Avandia carried risks for those who used it.

Avandia Somehow Remains on the Market

Despite these findings and other reports that have been generated over the years, Avandia remains on the market.  The FDA has required that warnings be attached to the labels of Avandia, but the absence of direct government action has led to the need for those injured by Avandia side effects to seek justice by themselves.  When this sort of situation plays out, it leaves those injured by Avandia side effects with only one option – to take GlaxoSmithKline to court in pursuit of justice. If you or someone you love has been injured as a result of using Avandia, you too need to take action to protect and enforce your legal rights.  Contact the Avandia side effects lawyers at Phillips & Associates today to schedule a free initial consultation.