Senate Report Brings Scrutiny to Avandia and FDA

Posted on behalf of Phillips Law Group on Feb 22, 2010 in Defective Drug

Diabetes, particularly type 2 diabetes, is a difficult health condition to manage. It is also a medical problem that continues to grow in terms of its overall effect on the population. This growing need in recent years led pharmaceutical companies to research and develop medications designed to help people live normal lives. One of the leading innovations to hit the market in recent years is known as Avandia. Avandia is manufactured by the pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline, and since its release onto the marketplace over a decade ago it has sold at a very high volume. Unfortunately, reports of Avandia side effects eventually began to surface, and Avandia side effects lawyershave gotten involved in many places around the United States. Most recently, a Senate report was released that analyzed the history of this issue, and the conclusions were not kind to several entities, including GlaxoSmithKline and the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Senate Report Details Background Issues Regarding Avandia Side Effects

In response to the growing level of concern and number of reports regarding Avandia side effects, the Senate made the decision to formulate and issue a report that analyzed the issue and history of this problematic diabetes medication. Those charged with completing the report reviewed more than 25,000 documents detailing the problems associated with Avandia, and among many conclusions, the following appear to be the most noteworthy:

  • Avandia could potentially be responsible for as many as 83,000 heart attacks by those who used the medication.
  • GlaxoSmithKline took steps to discredit reports of Avandia side effects and even intimidated doctors who saw the use of Avandia as potentially problematic.
  • The FDA overlooked data that should have prompted immediate and strong action.

Every one of these conclusions is a serious indictment of GlaxoSmithKline and the FDA, but unfortunately this report is not legally binding in any manner that could directly lead to action.

Avandia Side Effects Lawyers Now Have More Evidence

Despite the lack of a legally binding characteristic with this Senate report, its conclusions are of the type that many people will notice. Given that Avandia remains on the market, this report is yet further proof and potentially evidence for those who have suffered from Avandia side effects and take the courageous step of enforcing their legal rights. If you or someone you love has suffered harm as a result of using Avandia, you need to contact the Avandia side effects lawyers at Phillips Law Group today to schedule a free initial consultation.

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