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Settlement of Avandia Lawsuits Reached in About 10,000 More Cases

GlaxoSmithKline has reportedly agreed to pay $460 million to settle Avandia lawsuits filed by about 10,000 more people. The agreement comes as two FDA advisory committees have begun meeting to debate whether the controversial diabetes drug should be recalled from the market. 

The Avandia settlement was leaked to Bloomberg News the same day as the committees of independent advisors to the FDA were hearing evidence about the heart risks of Avandia that were the subject of the injury suits.

The settlement would resolve the majority of the outstanding Avandia lawsuits that have been filed against GlaxoSmithKline alleging that they failed to warn about the increased risk of heart attacks and other potentially life-threatening heart problems with Avandia.

Avandia (rosiglitazone) was approved in the United States in 1998 to treat type 2 diabetes by helping control blood sugar levels. The drug has been used by millions of diabetics, but sales have plummeted in recent years as concerns have mounted about the risk of serious and potentially life-threatening heart risks with Avandia. Some experts estimate that Avandia has caused between 60,000 and 200,000 heart attacks and deaths due to cardiovascular problems in the U.S. from 1999 to 2006.

Speculation regarding the likelihood of an Avandia recall has reached a fever pitch in recent weeks, as more and more information about the Avandia heart problems has been released in advance of the FDA advisory committee meetings. Last week, the FDA released data showing that agency drug reviewers were conflicted over the drug’s benefits and risks, with some of them indicating that data Glaxo has touted as establishing Avandia’s safety is unreliable.

The proposed settlement of Avandia lawsuits allegedly range between $46,000 to $70,000, depending on the particulars and severity of the claims.

GlaxoSmithKline PLC currently faces about 13,000 Avandia lawsuit claims filed by former users of the drug who allege that the drug company failed to adequately research their medication or warn users about the serious side effects. Therefore, the reported settlement would resolve the majority of cases currently pending. However, some Avandia lawyers are continuing to investigate and review new cases for individuals who continued to use the medication in reliance on GlaxoSmithKline’s misleading reassurances that the diabetes drug was safe.

In recent months, GlaxoSmithKline has reached Avandia settlements in about 5,700 other lawsuits, with reports suggesting that the value of some Avandia cases averaged about $86,000.

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963 comments

  1. waynee Reply

    I understand the point system is determined by how sick the drug made you. Some lost their life some just had heart attacks some had congestive heart failure and strokes. the worst one is death and it gives you points and that means you get more money than the others side affect it had. I received a letter in Nov. 2014.and it showed the point system and how it determined where your claim was. and it had to be signed and sent back the next day. I was told I would get check in Jan. No check and it is March now I am told May. It is a run around a put off

  2. Josh Reply

    Waynee, You’re right, I’m thinking this thing is/was a scam. I too received a letter last Nov stating that we’d be getting a check “very soon”, and now it is almost 5 months later, and still nothing. I bet more excuses will be made in a month or 2 as well. The lawyers don’t really care about settling any time soon(despite what they claim), because they’re making money off our money, as long as it sits in their bank accounts.

    Call your local bar association, call the judge who’s overseeing the cases.

  3. cracked nut Reply

    I just want to know much 1 point = in us dollars.

  4. Cee Cee Reply

    I Josh and Waynee, I agree with your comments. The lawyers are taking us for a huge ride! They have made nothing but excuses and excuse regarding money that was awarded to us. I call the lawyer G&K and you only get the call center where you speak to one of two young lady that appear to be reading a script. I ask to have the lawyers contact me and to no avail. It has been two years since I received the first check and it does not appear that I am going to receive another check. Lies and lies, I will never again get into tort case. We have suffer so much and the law firms have made so much. They are all crocks that made money off of innocent victims. Yes call your state law board and if anyone has Judge Penella and JudgeTrotter information, please please post the contact information. We need to all come together and write complaints against this bill shit! Happy Easter and no money will come to us

  5. Cracked nut Reply

    The lawyers are NOT crooks. They have a license (permit) to do what they do.

  6. Daniel Reply

    Ive been waiting for 6 years to see the money. My father died because of this drug. How much longer do we need to wait?

  7. Cee Cee Reply

    Well Cracked nut to me they are crocks and you must be in agreeance with how they have done us. Just because you have a license does not validate this type of behavior. Lies and lies!! You want to know what a point is in $, called the crocks and let see if they will tell you! Good luck

  8. cracked nut Reply

    You are a crook only if you operate outside of the law, otherwise you are
    just plane dishonest.

  9. Kat Reply

    I suggest that several of us rally together and contact multiple agencies. I have a plan. I just need a way for all of us to come together and talk via email, text phone etc. and to bi-pass this system to gather our personal information. They’re lying to you, they’ve lied to all of us. There’s proof and we have recourse.

  10. Bill Reply

    Ditto your commentsmirror my experience. It may be time to file another rclass action suit and this time include these attorneys with GSK

  11. Cracked nut Reply

    We All should take a look at ourselves , the things we do the things we say, before we accuse others, .With this I say GOD bless you and good buy.

  12. Josh Reply

    I honestly believe these lawyers have no intention of paying out any monies to anyone, they’re simply using smoke and mirrors(and lies) to justify what they’re doing. Lawyers wonder why people detest them so much, and don’t want to deal with them, this is the reason.

    There’s really no excuse they can use to explain why they’re dragging their feet on this, other than what I’ve said above. They simply DO NOT CARE if you or I get anything, because they’ve already made their money off the backs of us. W/O us, they wouldn’t be getting paid, but try explaining that to them.

    They are a complete joke.

  13. james kevin patrick Reply

    well i received around 3,000 $’s 7 when can i expect my other 7,000 + $,s . there are no leans on me i had insurancd at the time of hospitalizations so tell how long you can hold my $$$’s.

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