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Avandia Settlements Reached in Additional Lawsuits: Report

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GlaxoSmithKline has reportedly reached agreements to settle Avantida lawsuits brought by about 20,000 people who allege that they suffered heart attacks and other injuries caused by side effects of their controversial diabetes drug. 

According to a report by Bloomberg News, the drug maker agreed to the Avandia settlements last month as part of court-ordered mediation.

Glaxo has previously agreed to settle more than 15,000 Avandia lawsuits filed in state and federal courts throughout the United States for an estimated $700 million. The amount of the additional Avandia payments that will resolve these most recent cases has not disclosed.

All of the lawsuits include claims that Glaxo failed to adequately warn consumers and doctors that Avandia side effects included an increased risk of heart attacks and other heart problems.

Avandia (rosiglitazone) was a popular type 2 diabetes drug that was used by millions of people before it was linked to an increased risk of heart attacks and heart problems. Some estimates suggest that more than 100,000 heart attacks may have been caused by Avandia since it was introduced.

After concerns about the Avandia heart risks first surfaced in May 2007, the FDA required a “black box” warning, which is the strongest warning that can be placed on a medication label. However, many critics continued to argue that the warning was not strong enough and called for federal regulators to issue an Avandia recall because the risks greatly outweigh any benefit provided by the medication.

In July 2010, an FDA advisory panel was convened to review the risks associated with Avandia. Although the panel indicated that Avandia increases the risk of heart attacks when compared to older drugs, a majority of the committee voted to recommend that the FDA allow GlaxoSmithKline’s diabetes drug to remain on the market. 

Avandia was banned from the European Union, but was allowed to remain on the market in the U.S. under severe restrictions. GlaxoSmithKline has since ceased marketing of the drug, but continues to face consumer lawsuits over injuries allegedly caused by the drug.

The federal judge presiding over the Avandia litigation previously indicated that cases will be scheduled for trial if 85% of the remaining lawsuits are not settled. Based on the available information, it is unclear whether these most recent settlements meet that figure.

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68 comments

  1. crackednut Reply

    Hi Terry, This is the same song and dance we have been getting from the same people for the last two year. Sure hope they know what they are talking about and telling the truth this time.

  2. crackednut Reply

    Got 1st check 1/2of amount. No idea when 2nd half is supposed to come.Glad for the first half tho.

  3. Kat Reply

    I too have been waiting and waiting, months turned into yrs. My mom was the patient she suffered both a stroke and congestive heart failure. In the meantime, she passed away 2 yrs ago. I speak to Shari every few months to see if there’s an update. After receiving papers saying that the settlement first half of the payment would likely be paid in 4 months back in Jan 13′, again in August after receiving a please be patient letter, she said probably at the end of the year. I just called again, still waiting for Glaxo-Smith Kline to approve the file. It’s crazy!

  4. dana Reply

    my husband passed in sept 2012 I sent my attorneys death certificate in oct 2012 but they are just now putting it before a judge to sign. I took out a loan where interest rates skyrocket after 90 days cause I was told my check was being sent out at the end of oct. now im in debt unbelievably. at least get your stories straight g&k

  5. dana Reply

    I sent in a death certificate 1 year ago but they are just now putting it through to a judge. took out a loan that has interest rates that skyrocket after 90 days cause I was told id get a check at end of oct.. I cant believe the way certain law firms are running things. they get rich from clients but were more like just a number to them.

  6. Sallie Reply

    I called my lawyer, Mulligan Law in Texas, this morning. Still no word as to when GSK will release the settlement money. She said sometime in 2014 (Yes, I heard that for the last 3 years.)
    In the mean time, this is what I found concerning the case:
    Philidelphia Court
    Case ID: 080202733
    Case Caption: IN RE: AVANDIA LITIGATION
    Filing Date: Thursday , February 21st, 2008
    Court: MT – MASS TORT
    Location: CH – City Hall
    Jury: N – NON JURY
    Case Type: TV – MASS TORT – AVANDIA
    Status: DISPO – DISPOSED – CASE CLOSED

    01-JUL-2013
    03:44 PM DISPO – DISPOSED – CASE CLOSED
    Docket Entry: THE AVANDIA LITIGATION MASS TORT PROGRAM HAS BEEN CONCLUDED. THE MASTER DOCKET IS CLOSED, ACCORDINGLY. SXT…07/01/2013.

    I have stopped holding my breath for any $$$ coming.

  7. Linda Reply

    I have gotten the same run around from Sherry Nothing but false promises and still no money. Now you call and get the avandia ligation dept and still no answers or funds this is crap

  8. leslie Reply

    here it is feb. 2014 and still no check. they keep saying they’ll elevate my call what a joke

  9. mackenzie Reply

    I too share your pain. My husband and I have been waiting for over 3 years now. We have never gotten any response for any attorney not even our local attorney. Not knowing or if even there will be a monetary settlement can be unnerving. An especially since our lives have been turned upside down for so many years now because of this drug. Our retirement years have not been golden. So I guess I’ll have to go with the old saying “Good things go to those who wait”

  10. Stella Reply

    Non Payment. None of us are getting paid. Promises and promises. More forms to sign that take 1 month to receive and 1 more month to process before the next excuse rolls along. I think we need to contact the manufacturer and let them know we are not getting paid. I also think the California Bar Association should become aware of this.

  11. Crackednut Reply

    The bar association should become aware of this? Who do you think sponsors it?

  12. One Sad Mama Cee Reply

    I too am a very sad mama. I recently received a letter dated April 7 via US Mail. This letter stated that they had reached a standoff with GSK concerning the Avandia settlement. Although, GKS has made an initial payment on your case, they have decided not to make payments on hundreds of other cases. Additionally, they (GSK) has refused to make the second payment on hundreds of cases with no outstanding medical lien. Well something need to be done about this. People died, had strokes, CHF, and other serious medical problems and you tell the people, I am not giving you another penny. This is unbelievable. we need to boycott their product and show them a thing of too. We should inform our doctors do write me a prescription that GSK produce. This nothing but a problem. Also this is two fold. I think Girardi and Keese are Liars!! They are about making money for themselves. They are the one along with other law firms that have one. While we have lost family members and have suffer from this medication. I will continue to fight for the second half of my money . I really think these lawyers don’t think we read. They are the only ones who have attended college bull shit!!! We need a class act law suit against the lawyers. Let look into it and fight!!!!

  13. Kat Reply

    This is really directed at you “one sad mama Cee”…I lost my mom to a stroke and heart attack brought on by Avandia, At least you got your first payment, I have never received a payment, nOTHING! Still waiting! Be thankful for what you have gotten.

  14. truly Reply

    Hey Miguel, my lawyer office told me they are waiting for signage
    Month later they are saying Avandia may not cause heart attacks or
    Heart problems that’s why taken little while longer been waiting since July 2011 I need my money so I can go see my heart Dr and I need to move sometimes I think it’s all a scam I believe you and this other person it’s all a scam they just want all of our information I bet when they have taken money out for our case going court lawyer going keep
    all of it. My lawyer office tells me call every month they tell me something, sometimes fell like forget whole thing just go on my life
    Do what I have to do just waiting not getting anyone anywhere water of time…
    It’s all scam!!!!!

  15. Kat Reply

    I have been waiting and waiting and waiting. No first check, I wanted to get a loan on my promised money and now I was told that they won’t allow any loans and surprise all of a sudden my mom has a $6400.00 medical lien from Kaiser that No one has ever heard of or told anyone about. I don’t believe it. Where’s the rest of the money then? We were supposed to get 10k last year and they were going to keep 10k for themselves and keep 10k aside in case of any medical liens. Well, I should have 1360.00 coming to me then right? Where’s my checks? How can we do anything about it?

  16. Mildred Reply

    I have three stints in my heart from a heart attack from taking Avandia and recalled hormone pill. I been waiting for my final payment my mother die 10/12 and my father 5/14 I’m the oldest I’m still hurting and grieving over my mother my blood pressure and diabetes is out of control I owe funeral expensive now I’m too old and broke down to get a job I’m looking at being homeless in couple of weeks I rather be dead then to have to live on the streets I no longer have a car I’m having chest pain now I have nothing to live for I’m done “Avandia and G I KEESE has won “

  17. Susan Reply

    I was told I would receive a check by the end of summer. Summer is over. No check. My dad worked hard until the heartattack He was never the same. I watched him die.

  18. Vic Reply

    I recieved a check back in May of 2014, was told the second half of the avandia money will be released within 180 days well those days have come and gone, will I ever get the rest of this money and if so when.

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