The Food and Drug Administration has announced that it would withdraw Avandia from retail stores in November 2011. Although short of issuing a full recall on Avandia, the agency placed new restrictions on the prescription of Avandia due to side effects associated with the drug. Under these guidelines, only patients who were unsuccessfully treated with other diabetes medications will be eligible for Avandia prescriptions.
These new restrictions on Avandia came after an advisory panel voted that the agency should recall the drug or limit its use to only a small number of patients. Although the FDA has limited the number of diabetes patients who are eligible to take the drug, the agency has not announced plans to issue an Avandia recall.
Concerns about the side effects of Avandia became widespread after a 2007 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found an increased risk of cardiovascular side effects in patients taking Avandia. The study found that Avandia users were 43% more likely to have a heart attack and 63% more likely to die of heart problems than patients taking another diabetes drug or a placebo. Subsequent studies have also linked Avandia to an increased risk of stroke.
If you or a loved one took Avandia and suffered a heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular side effects, contact the attorneys at Hissey Kientz for a free evaluation of your legal rights. You can reach us by calling toll-free at 1-866-275-4454, or by filling out the free contact form on the right of this page.