Class Action Suit for Avandia in Illinois

Avandia is a target for over 40 lawsuits filed in Illinois that were filed in St. Clair County Circuit Court in May 2011. There are many other lawsuits throughout the U.S. against the makers of Avandia, a diabetes medication linked to cardiovascular disease and heart attack manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline. It is contended that GlaxoSmithKline aware of the risk in 2005 but did not properly inform the public. Therefore, people were not permitted to make a well informed decision about the benefits and risks associated with the drug.  The most recent Avandia lawsuits filed in Illinois account for an estimated$600,000 in damages. 

Approximately four years ago, The New England Journal of Medicine released a report demonstrating the risk of cardiovascular issues associated with Avandia. The FDA then issued a black box warning about the risk of cardiovascular issues.   The injuries that people using Avandia have experienced include: congestive heart failure, heart attack, stroke, liver failure, bone fractures, vision loss and death.  Despite the request from several interested parties to remove the drug from the consumer market, Avandia has never been recalled in the U.S. Instead, the FDA issued restrictions on the purchase of Avandia. The restrictions include that Avandia only be available at specific pharmacies. People interested in taking Avandia must participate in an educational program about the drug.

GlaxoSmithKline has settled out of court for many cases involving Avandia. The vast majority of the settlements focused on the contention that GlaxoSmithKline was aware of the risk, but did not inform the public.  

If you, your family or a friend are victims of Avandia side effects and need to protect their legal rights, contact PADOVE LAW, toll free at (877) 446 5294 for a free consultation.  Burton Padove is licensed in Illinois and Indiana and is ready to assist you.

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