Baron & Budd, P.C. Warns That Type 2 Diabetes Patients at Risk for Cardiac Events with Avandia

Harmful Effects Were Not Fully Disclosed to Public or Medical Community

DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Many Americans suffer from Type 2 Diabetes and have taken the medication Avandia The very medication these patients took to improve their health could be the cause of more serious and possibly life-threatening health problems.

According to the legal experts at Baron & Budd, if you have suffered a heart attack, stroke or other adverse health problems while taking Avandia, you may be entitled to compensation to help pay medical bills or provide for your family if you are unable to work due to health problems caused by Avandia use. There may be a time limit on when you can file a case and it is advisable that check with an attorney about those dates.

Despite a 2007 FDA black box warning and a July 2010 study in the British Medical Journal finding that Type 2 Diabetes patients using Avandia have a substantially higher risk of death, heart attack and stroke than patients taking Actos (another drug in the same class), a July 2010 FDA panel voted to keep Avandia on the market.

Further, GlaxoSmithKline, the manufacturer of Avandia, had data indicating that there were extensive heart problems associated with the drug almost as soon as it was introduced in 1999 and tried to keep those findings from the public, according to a July 2010 New York Times article. The New York Times also reported in February 2010 that Avandia has been linked to 304 deaths during the third quarter of 2009.

“If the manufacturers of Avandia had told the full truth about the drug’s harmful effects to the medical community or the users of Avandia, patients would have been able to make an informed decision about the potential health risks of using the drug,” says Robert Brown, shareholder and head of Baron & Budd’s Miami office.

“While we respect the FDA for repeatedly reviewing this drug, there has been a suggestion of bias on the advisory panel. Regardless, we cannot sit idly by while large pharmaceutical companies hide the truth about dangerous drugs,” said Brown.

Baron & Budd is a national law firm with over 30 years of experience helping to “Protect What’s Right,” and is offering a free legal consultation for individuals and their families who have been harmed by Avandia. For more information please call 866.495.1407 or visit

About Baron & Budd, P.C.

Dallas-based Baron & Budd, P.C., with offices in Baton Rouge, Austin, Beverly Hills and Miami, is a nationally recognized law firm with a 30-year history of "Protecting What's Right" for people and communities harmed by corporate negligence. Baron & Budd's size and resources enable the firm to take on large and complex cases. The firm represents individuals, government and business entities in areas as diverse as asbestos-related illnesses such as Mesothelioma, water contamination, Qui Tam, California Proposition 65 violations, pharmaceutical injuries, Chinese drywall, insurance claims and securities fraud. Most recently, the firm has begun to represent individuals and businesses affected by the Gulf Oil Spill. Active in the community, Baron & Budd pledged $3 million over five years to the International Pleural Mesothelioma Program at Brigham Women's Hospital and has supported the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization, Lung Cancer Alliance and other asbestos awareness and advocacy organizations.


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