Concerns raised over the use of Avandia, manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline, for type 2 diabetes
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Home > News > Concerns over the use of Avandia for type 2 diabetes

4th February 2013

Concerns over the use of Avandia for type 2 diabetes

Concern has been raised about the use of Avandia for sufferers of type 2 diabetes. Routinely prescribed to patients who have previously been treated with other medication, Avandia has been linked to an increased risk of heart attacks and heart failure.

Two million patients are currently using Avandia worldwide, with over 100,000 patients in the UK.

How does Avandia work?

Taken twice a day in tablet form, the drug works by helping to lower blood sugar levels through increasing the insulin sensitivity of liver, fat and muscle cells, allowing sugar to be more effectively removed from the blood.

The drugs generic name is rosiglitazone which is also used in Avandamet and Avaglim, treatments which combine rosiglitazone with other drugs, both also used in the treatment of diabetes.

GlaxoSmithKline denies wrong-doing

GlaxoSmithKline, the manufacturer, has always maintained that patient safety is its first priority but has been forced to fight allegations that negative data regarding research programmes into the use of Avandia were hidden by the group.

According to a BBC Report, some experts in the UK have called for Avandia to be withdrawn as far back as 2010, but the EMA (European Medicines Agency) stated that it still has a “small, if diminishing” place in diabetes treatment. This is despite the fact that claims for medical negligence compensation have already been settled in the US against GlaxoSmithKline.

Investigating the link between Avandia

We have unrivalled expertise and run thousands of medical negligence cases every year. Our dedicated Medical Negligence Unit has a wealth of experience in handling complex and high-value claims. We will be investigating the links between this drug, the increased risk of heart attack, and the possibility of making a claim for medical negligence compensation in the UK.

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