Avandia has now joined the ever growing list of drugs not as safe as the FDA first thought. Users of the drug are being urged to see their doctor as soon as possible. Avandia is manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline and is used to treat diabetes. It is now being said that users of Avandia are at an increased risk for heard disease and related problems. The New England Journal of Medicine concluded last week that patients using Avandia are 43% more likely to have a heart attack and their risk of a cardiac-related death increases by 64 percent. These are very alarming numbers which, of course, GlaxoSmithKline, disagrees with.
More frightening still is the news that the FDA and GlaxoSmithKline were warned of the danger as far back as 2000. The drug company’s defense for this mishap is to say that the labeling for Avandia has been updated to reflect the new study data. Plaintiffs lawyers are already gearing up to file lawsuits against GlaxoSmithKline in light of this recent news.