Latest Avandia News: FDA pulls Avandia from the United States Market due to Side Effects
On May 18th, the FDA announced that the drug Avandia is to be pulled from the US market in November 2011. The controversial diabetes drug will only be available through a special program called the Avandia-rosiglitazone Medicines Access Program. Avandia use has previously been linked to an increase risk in heart attacks.
Avandia Pulled by the FDA
The FDA released a risk evaluation and mitigation strategy (REMS) on Wednesday on the use of Avandia (Rosiglitazone). A portion of the Avandia statement made by the FDA includes:
"The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is informing the public of new restrictions to the prescribing and use of rosiglitazone-containing medicines. These medicines to treat type II diabetes are sold under the names Avandia, Avandamet, and Avandaryl. Healthcare providers and patients must enroll in a special program in order to prescribe and receive these drugs."
Avandia Patients will no longer be able to recieve Avandia from retail pharmacies on November 18, 2011. This action follows the risk mitigation strategy the FDA disclosed in September 2010, when data was presented tying the use of Avandia can cause an increased chance of suffering from an Avandia Heart Attack. The data reported produced by the FDA regarding Avandia mentioned this:
"On September 23, 2010, FDA announced that it would significantly restrict the use of rosiglitazone medicines to patients with type 2 diabetes who cannot control their blood sugar on other medicines. These new restrictions were instituted in response to data that suggest an elevated risk of heart attacks in patients treated with rosiglitazone." - FDA Avandia Report
Avandia was previously the most popular diabetes drug in the world with $3 billion in annual revenue. In the FDA Avandia report, it was reported that nearly a half of million people filled prescriptions in 2010. Click here to read the FDA's Avandia Report in pdf format.
These restrictions on Avandia will not totally outlaw the drug in the United States. “Health care providers and patients must enroll in a special program in order to prescribe and receive these drugs,” the FDA said in a statement. Only Avanida patients who are already being successfully treated with Avandia or those patients who cannot control thier own blood sugar with other diabetes medicines will be allowed to continue taking Avandia. These patients must enter the Avandia-Rosiglitazone Medicines Access Program. These patients will get Avandia through mail order from certified pharmacies.
Avandia Side Effects & Lawsuits
The diabetes drug Avandia, has a long history of adverse side effects, including Avandia heart attack. Some of the most reported Avandia Side Effects are: stroke, heart attack, congestive heart failure, cardiovascular heart disease among other heart injuries and liver failure.
The side effects caused by Avandia created thousand of Avandia lawsuits that have been filed across the country.
Avandia Lawyers – National Attorney Network
The National Attorney Network has connected the top pharmaceutical plaintiff's firms and Avandia lawyers in the country, with the latest information on the ongoing Avandia litigation, class action lawsuits and MDLs. Our Avandia attorneys nationwide are currently accepting pharmaceutical cases involving Avandia, Fentanyl, Rituxan, and Paxil and are investigating a number of other potentially unsafe drugs.The statute of limitations on Avandia lawsuits is based on many factors surrounding your claim. These factors include the state you file your Avandia Lawsuit in, the injuries that were suffered and type of claim made.
If you have been prescribed the diabetes drug Avandia and have experienced side effects, you may be entitled to compensation. To have an Avandia attorney review your case information please complete our Avandia Case Evaluation form.