- Avandia and Other Unsafe Drugs
- March 14, 2012 | Author: Jeffrey H. Rasansky
- Law Firm: Rasansky Law Firm - Dallas Office
It's really rather disturbing how easy it is to find examples of unsafe drugs that have been released onto the market and that have harmed people. Avandia is an example of such a drug. The drug contains the substance Rosiglitazone, which has been linked to potentially deadly side effects. It is manufactured by the Glaxo Smith Kline Corporation and there are a huge number of lawsuits pending against the company because of the side effects of this drug. Understanding how drugs like this come and go can give you some insight into what the future may be for some of the drugs that are now widely prescribed.
Most unsafe drugs go through a phase where they become very popular. Avandia reached the height of its popularity in the year 2006. In that year, the sales of the drug amounted to approximately $2.5 billion for the Glaxo Smith Kline company. It wasn't long after this banner year that reports started to surface about the potentially deadly side effects of this drug. Avandia has been associated with some side effects that are truly terrifying.
Strokes, fractures, damage to the eyes and heart disease have all been named as potential side effects of this once popular drug. The drug is used to treat diabetes, which is also a potentially deadly disease, so it does remain on the market at present. There are restrictions on how doctors may use this drug, however, and it's dangerous enough that it's generally considered to be a last resort among most physicians. You can only purchase this drug by mail order, due to the restrictions placed upon it by the FDA.
Some of the people who end up being harmed by a drug that was put onto the market even though was dangerous don't take that situation without fighting back. Glaxo Smith Kline has faced a staggering 13,000 plus lawsuits in the United States alone. The company has offered settlements in well over half of the lawsuits that have been filed against it as a result of this drug.
Product liability attorneys in Texas can help you go after companies that have released dangerous drugs onto the market and that have caused you harm. Even if there hasn't been a full drug recall yet, some drugs are so dangerous that they end up generating huge numbers of lawsuits, such as the case with Avandia demonstrates quite clearly. If you've been harmed, filing a lawsuit may be an option for you.