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Drug Description: Approved in 1999 for the treatment of non-insulin dependent, Type 2 Diabetes – which currently affects around 20 million Americans. Avandia is an oral medication. Avandia assists in the control of blood-sugar. It does this by making the patient’s body-cells more sensitive to insulin.
The diabetes drug Avandia, manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline, has been associated with a significantly higher incidence of heart attacks and death according to a major research analysis conducted by doctors at the renowned Cleveland Clinic and reported May 21, 2007 in the New England Journal of Medicine. Avandia, generically rosiglizatone, was found to have a 43% greater risk of heart attack and 64% greater risk of heart-related death.
Risks to the heart may not be the only ones posed by Avandia. In the April 28 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, the results of an analysis by Swiss researchers of British diabetes patients revealed that in those who had been taking the drug for at least twelve months, the risk of fracturing bones was almost twice that of those to whom the drug had not been prescribed. And in patients who had been taking the drug for more than two years, the risk of bone fracture was almost tripled.
If you or a loved one has suffered injury as a result of taking Avandia, we can help. Please click here to contact Pearson Law or call our toll free number at 1-888-525-1262 to schedule a FREE initial consultation.