Soon after Avandia was approved by the FDA in 1999, it became the most widely prescribed oral Type II diabetes medication in the world. For almost a decade it was hailed as a safe and effective drug, until a fairly recent study showed otherwise.
In 2007, Dr. Steven Nissen conducted a study consisting of over 35,500 patients, and found that taking Avandia significantly increases the risk of heart attacks. In one his newer analysis, Nissen and a colleague gathered data from 56 studies involving 35,531 patients, including 19,509 who took Avandia. Together, the doctors concluded that the drug increased the risk for heart attacks from 28 percent to 39 percent. What’s more is that the drug would cause one heart attack among every 37 to 52 patients who used it for five years. Another study uncovered that the drug raises risk for stroke and even death. During the same year, an advisory committee decided that Avandia did in fact increase heart risks, but voted to keep it on the market.
It wasn’t until nearly a month ago that a recommendation from a federal medical advisory panel stated that Avandia should either be withdrawn from the market or have sales severely restricted. Although votes from the the panel were mixed, The Food and Drug Administration will have the final say regarding the future of Avandia sales.
Let’s hope they too are not heartless about doing away with this harmful drug.
If you or a loved one has had heart trouble or even died due to Avandia, please contact the law office of Bruce A. Hagen, Wrongful Death Personal Injury Lawyer, for a free evaluation of your claim.