Posted on February 4th, 2009 by Zane Cagle
After filing dozens of suits last year against a large drug company on behalf of clients, a Texas attorney began the year with four more over cases of against the maker of the diabetes drug Avandia. The suits allege that the drug is dangerous and defective, risking people’s health due to resulting cardiac complications.
Initially, the drug passed FDA safety regulations and was deemed effective for the treatment of diabetes mellitus type 2. However, the several complaints against the drug maker recently state that the pharmaceutical company misrepresented and concealed information from physicians about the drugs potentially harmful side effects. Since most patients who have diabetes have other health problems such as heart disease, the fact that the maker was aware that Avandia could cause congestive attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular injuries was dangerous, irresponsible and fraudulent.
After several analyses of the drug, the FDA recommended that the drug maker put a black box warning on Avandia to notify patients and physicians of the cardiovascular risks, especially after a diabetes expert raised concerns about the drug and potential heart problems. The suits state, however, that the drug maker, “attempted to silence,” the expert with a $4 million lawsuit, characterizing him as a liar in his testimony before Congress.
Causes of action in the Avandia suits include, but are not limited to, strict products liability defective design, failure to warn and negligent design. Plaintiffs in the cases seek damages for personal injuries such as pain and suffering, physical impairment, and medical expenses.
When taking a prescription drug, it is presumed that the medicine will work as advertised and expected by your physician. However, sometimes drugs do not work properly, perhaps because of a dangerous design or a lack of proper warnings. If you feel that you have a product liability claim, the Defective Product Attorneys of Page Cagle are available 24/7 to answer any and all of your legal questions. Contact Zane T. Cagle at 1(314) 276-1681 for your free consultation.