GlaxoSmithKline Agrees to Settlement in 20,000 Avandia Lawsuits
Los Angeles, CA, February 3, 2012 – UK drug-maker GlaxoSmithKline has agreed to settle 20,000 Avandia side effects lawsuits. According to a Bloomberg report, the company previously agreed to pay at least $700 million to settle more than 15,000 claims on behalf of patients who said that the drug caused heart attacks, strokes and other complications.
Avandia (rosiglitazone) was first approved by the FDA in 1999 to treat Type 2 diabetes in adult patients. The drug hit the market the same year as another popular diabetes drug, Actos (pioglitazone). The maker of Actos, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, is now facing numerous lawsuits from patients who claim the drug caused them to develop bladder cancer.
GlaxoSmithKline announced in November 2011 that it would $3 billion to the federal government in connection with claims that the company had illegally marketed Avandia. In addition to the 20,000 cases involved in the settlement agreement, Avandia side effects claims are still pending in state courts across the country. An estimated 2,500 federal lawsuits that were consolidated in a Philadelphia court have also been assigned to mediation.
Patients who experienced complications after using Avandia are encouraged to complete a MedWatch form by visiting the FDA’s website. Patients are also urged to seek the aid of an experienced personal injury lawyer to discuss their legal rights.
Nadrich & Cohen LLP is offering confidential, no-cost consultations to individuals across the country who believe they were harmed by Avandia. Help is available by calling the firm’s injury hotline at 1-800-718-4658.
Nadrich & Cohen LLP is a national law firm with offices in Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego and other cities throughout California specializing in handling mass tort actions and representing individuals in cases involving pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers. The firm is committed to achieving the best outcome possible in every case and has recovered over $200 million in settlements on behalf of its clients.
In addition to handling Avandia side effects claims, the firm is also investigating cases involving Accutane, Actos, Zoloft, Fosamax, Paxil, Vaginal Mesh, Wright Conserve Hips, Yaz, Yasmin, Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, Benzene, Reflex Sympathy Dystrophy, Fen Phen and PPH, Depakote and Reglan. For more information, visit www.personalinjurylawcal.com.
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