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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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  1. margen Reply

    Been waiting now some six years for GSK to settle my husband’s claim. He was approved, for which were we grateful. He died before he saw any money. After his death, I re-signed papers with the law firm 21/2 years ago. I was told – me and our 2 children would been getting our checks last year, but to no avail. I have called many times and was told the same waiting story lines. I have been following this blog to keep up on what’s going on. So last week, again, I called, and was told that it was up to the court to issue the checks, that it had nothing to do with the law firm any more. Is that right? and if so, where do I call the court to see when they will be releasing the 1st check? Thanks for any help …

  2. Josh Reply

    Hi Margen, I’m sorry to hear of your bad news too. Seems many are waiting on first checks. Who is your law firm? Mine is G & K…you can always google the judge(s) who are handling the case, and try to call.

    Please let us know what you find out?

  3. Starr Reply

    This drug should most definitely be removed from the public. My Father DIED taking this evil avandia crap, in 2006! I filed my claim 3 and half YEARS ago…Why is it taking so long for them to send out the settlement packages??? My Family has and is still suffering from MY Father’s death; our aftermath has been hell! I want my settlement ASAP, IMMEDIATELY NOW for My Family’s Incalculable loss!!!

  4. celia Reply

    I agree with Christina, this is the most stressful thing I’ve ever experienced in my life.My mom died in 2004 from taking Avandia, I’ve been dealing with this for more than 8 yes.
    Being lied to by attorneys, They tell you….Oh yeah your check will be mailed in 2 ~ 3 days…well needless to say NOTHING……. The stress is taking its toll on me….My health isn’t the best….All this is, is a hurry up and wait game & I’m sick of play in’.

  5. avandia plaintiff Reply

    I need a legal malpractice lawyer can anybody help me find one EMAIL ME

  6. Margene Reply

    Josh – thanks for your response to my previous post. Where do I go to find out what judges or courts are handling my law firm’s cases in the Avandia law suits? Google what names? A little confused here. Thanks for any help …

  7. no name Reply

    call the call center in calf they had no idear as too what is going on I beleave they are t0ld what too say I called the center about the first check they me they did not know when the checks would be coning out the same day when the mail man came around he too the house with a letter I had too sine for its was my first check the call center is a joke

  8. Trudy Reply

    I filled the Avandia in 2011 and never received a first check and two weeks ago I got a letter in it was on July 1st 2014 saying that they closed the case and not paying anyone for it.

  9. Tommy Reply

    I would like to know is anyone else case is in tort. I did not settle on my case, my lawyers were terribly upset that I didn’t accept GSK offer. I don’t think they have my best interest at heart., Let me know if anyone out there has taken their case to court.

  10. Laura Reply

    Hey I haven’t been on here in a while. Is everyone still waiting for their second check? We called GSK Last week and were told that now United Health care is getting involved in the lawsuit as of a couple of months. Was told that medicare and medicade already got their money and they were waiting for the private insurance to get their’s. My question is my husband was working and had United Health care at the time. He paid in to the insurance so how can they then get any money?

  11. Josh Reply

    Trudy, I don’t think anyone else received a letter claiming the case was closed. Just that they refused to continue paying out w/o a court order to do so. The lawfirms would lose out on too much money if they simply closed the case.

  12. Avandia settlement Reply

    When I asked WC what’s taking sooooo long to receive my 2 ck, was told well you have a will don’t you. Also told me I was delaying the payments because I was inquiring about what’s going on.Blaming us for the delay, this is BS.

  13. Danny Reply

    Avandia Settlement, how long have you been waiting for 2nd check?

  14. Avandia claimnant annonymous Reply

    Soooo, I too am waiting for the 2nd check. for me, its been 2 years and still waiting. When I called Garretson Res Gr this week, I was told they r done but no check has been issued…(I was a bit confused, so called my attorney) Called my attorney and he said they are waiting for the private health insurance (United Health).. So, if they r waiting for private health ins. why did Garretson say they were done?????/Still confused and no money…At this point, I just want the 5 year old case settled and closed. For 5 yrs I have been giving the “running around”. Stop with the BS and settle with us Today Garretson…You got your money so give us our measly pennies……..

  15. Josh Reply

    Second check? Some of us are STILL waiting for our first check. This is ridiculous. I haven’t heard/read any updates on here, or elsewhere as to what’s going on. I wish an attorney from one of the firms would come on here and try to explain things, but that’s wishful thinking I guess. We’re all at a standstill for some reason, I also don’t believe that the lawfirms are working on this as much as they claim they are, or there’d be some sort of resolution.

  16. Danny Reply

    Josh, have you received any paperwork stating the amount you are going to receive? What type of insurance did you have?

  17. Josh Reply

    Hi Danny! Nope, never received any paperwork telling me what I’m supposed to receive. I’ve asked and asked(about 10 times) for it, but they refuse to give it to me. I can barely get any responses from them at this point on anything, and when I do, it’s the same old BS they’re shuffling. Last paperwork I received from them was about 2 months ago, and it said something about how supposedly GSK stopped paying out, and refuses to unless they get a court order to force them to. Yet, folks were STILL receiving checks after that letter.

    I’m beyond frustrated. I even called the Bar Association to ask if anything could be done, they basically said “nope, sorry”. Can’t fire the firm either, as it’s too far into the case at this point.

    What about you?

  18. margene Reply

    Hey guys – I was wondering if we could hire a attorney to talk to the attorneys we hired to settle our Avandia cases? Maybe they could call our attorneys, the courts, or whoever, and find out why we aren’t getting our money? Maybe Lawyers talk to Lawyers. What you think? It has been so long now and many have died waiting for their settlements that never came. What a crying shame. I’m still waiting and my husbands been gone 2 1/2 years. And still no word, letter, or first check. Been six years total now.

  19. Kat Reply

    My mom too Avandia for years. She died in 2011. She had multiple strokes and congestive heart failure that caused her to become bedridden and completely disabled. I was her full time caregiver. I have been waiting and waiting and waiting for this settlement money. We filed a claim for her in 2007. I have a letter that states that I was going to be receiving a first installment check for 10k dated in January of 2013 promising to be disbursed sometime around June of the same year. No first check, When I called in August, they said it was delayed and would probably be later around the end of the year, that didn’t happen either. Now, all these months later after waiting and waiting I decided to get a loan. So I called the office to ask about it and was told that they won’t allow anymore loans. Why? Isn’t it our money? And guess what? Surprise all of a sudden my mom has a $6400.00 medical lien from Kaiser? Huh? No one has ever heard of it or been told anything about it.. I don’t believe it. How is that when they have a 640.00 pharmacy payment due me for over payment? Regardless 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?

  20. cracked nut Reply

    I am now told medicare is sueing to recoup .

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