Avandia (Rosiglitazone) is a prescription medication that treats type 2 diabetes and is believed to increase the risk of heart disease and other cardiovascular problems. If you or someone you know has experienced adverse side effects as a result of taking Avandia, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your medical expenses, as well as any emotional stress you may have suffered.
In some instances, the side effects of Avandia may lead to death. If the victim dies, the family members or heirs are sometimes entitled to compensatory and punitive damages for negligent death. Some states impose strict time limitations on wrongful death claims and other types of lawsuits. As a result, it is very important that you contact a wrongful death attorney who is familiar with your state's laws to get legal advice for fatal injury claims.
Compensation for Avandia Side Effects
Victims harmed by Avandia and its adverse effects may be eligible for compensatory and punitive damages to offset medical expenses, lost income, lost opportunities, and pain and suffering.
Avandia use can lead to heart attacks, heart failure, liver damage, macular edema, bone loss and bone fractures. Patients who are taking Avandia and experience heart problems, trouble breathing and/or chest pain should seek immediate medical attention. In most instances, these conditions require hospitalization and/or frequent medical treatments, which can interfere with patients' daily lives. Avandia lawsuits seek to compensate victims for these unfortunate side effects and other consequences of using Avandia.
Family members who have lost a loved one due to the side effects of Avandia can sometimes file survivor claims as a continuation of personal injury claims. In addition, wrongful death claims may provide compensation for medical and funeral expenses, lost future income and other injury for drugs related costs.
Filing an Avandia Lawsuit
Avandia is a blood sugar control medication that has been prescribed for more than 10 years to millions of patients with type 2 diabetes. In May 2007, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) required the drug's manufacturer (GlaxoSmithKline) to add a black box warning, its sternest warning, to Avandia's packaging because research found a link between the drug and an increased risk of heart attacks and heart-related deaths.
Many victims have sued GlaxoSmithKline, claiming the company failed to properly warn consumers of the life-threatening risks associated with its drug. The FDA has called for several updates to Avandia's packaging to adequately highlight the seriousness of the side effects. (It is normal operating procedure for the FDA to request additional label updates as new risks are discovered by its researchers and other health care professionals.)
If you have lost a loved one to Avandia, or if you yourself have suffered from the drug's side effects, contact a personal injury attorney to discuss filing a claim against GlaxoSmithKline. It is important to choose a lawyer who is familiar with the laws affecting defective drug claims in your area, as pharmaceutical and product liability laws vary according to state.
Physicians often suggest that type 2 diabetics carry with them hard candy, table sugar, honey or orange juice in order to treat episodes of hypoglycemia that may occur as they are adjusting to Avandia or other anti-diabetic medications.