Pharmaceutical companies reap billions of dollars in profit each year selling their products that are all too often found to cause damage that doctors and patients never expected. Who is left to suffer? The individual consumer who has placed her trust and faith in what she believes are products that will help her deal with a particular medical condition.
For example, numerous studies have linked Avandia, once the most popular diabetes drug in the world, to serious heart defects, strokes, heart attacks, liver failure and even death. One such study was completed in 2007 by the venerable Cleveland Clinic, which concluded that Avandia increased risks of heart attack by 43%.
In a 2010 Food and Drug Administration review, FDA official Dr. Thomas Marciniak discoverd that Glaxo Smith Kline, the drug’s manufacturer, omitted a dozen instances where patients taking Avandia subsequently suffered adverse heart problems from their adverse events report.
Dr. Marciniak later noted: “One does not have to be a mathematician or to perform calculations to come to the conclusion that a combined look at all the trials of Avandia would demonstrate that it causes heart attacks.”
Through a spokesperson, GSK replied that the RECORD study, the clinical trial used to prove Avandia’s safety, “was conducted according to good clinical practices and the data are reliable.”
In 2006 alone, U.S. sales of Avandia amounted to 3.2 BILLION dollars. Since May 2010, the cost of settled Avandia lawsuits have only amounted to roughly 460 million dollars, less than 20% of Avandia’s 2006 sales,
If you or someone you love was prescribed Avandia and has suffered serious heart-related problems as a result, we urge you to contact us at 1-866-900-7078 to learn about your legal rights.