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Avandia News: Glaxo Sales Drop for Avandia (Side Effects Cited)


According to Bloomberg.com, drug maker Glaxo recently reported a loss in revenue due to lower sales of the Avandia diabetes drug and other medications. Reports and studies of Avandia side effects contributed to the lower sales.

Glaxo stopped promoting Avandia worldwide back in 2010 after regulators withdrew it from the market in Europe and limited sales in the U.S. because of an increased risk of heart attacks.

On June 28, 2010, Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) revealed that a quarter million Medicare patients showed an increased risk of stroke, heart failure, and heart attack in patients who took Avandia.

The study concluded that Avandia should not be used and that doctors should be prescribing alternative drugs because Avandia increases the chance of heart attack by 28%.

Statistics have shown that people who take Avandia will have a higher risk of heart failure, congestive heart disease, heart attack, or stroke – between 29 and 46% higher than if they did not take Avandia.

The term “heart failure” suggest that the heart has stopped working or has “failed.” This is not the case. What actually means is that the heart is working inefficiently, pumping too weakly. When this happens, fluids build up in the lungs, among other organs, creating a feeling of breathlessness.

Symptoms include shortness of breath, swelling of the feet, weight gain; all symptoms of congestive heart failure and pulmonary edema (fluid buildup in the lungs). Congestive heart failure is when the heart is unable to pump sufficient blood to maintain the correct circulation in the body. Unfortunately, because the heart is unable to correctly pump, fluid builds up in the lungs.

An additional side effect is chronic renal failure or kidney failure. Patients have developed these symptoms within one to three months after being on Avandia.

More side effect symptoms of the drug are blurred vision, swelling of the feet and legs. More than six million people worldwide have been prescribed Avandia.

Additional side effects are worsening diabetic macular edema which is the swelling of the retina which can cause blurry or distorted vision, are peripheral edema, or the swelling of the legs, ankles and feet.

If you or a loved one have suffered any side effects while on Avandia, please contact our Avandia lawyers. We are representing Avandia victims nationwide. We are available for you 24 hours, 7 days a week at our 24 hour hotline at 800-722-0765.

Our team of Avandia attorneys have extensive experience in handling Avandia claims. Our Avandia lawyers have represented hundreds of Vioxx victims throughout the United States.

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