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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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971 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.

  14. Josh Reply

    James, Have you recently received this check, and if so, what did they say along with the check?

  15. Robert Reply

    The payments are too long. The federal judges already approved payment. Why am I paying Medicare $150 out of my settlement? Talked to the paralegal and said that is what they said I owe Medicare. I called Medicare to find out what is going on. I have never been in a hospital so I have never used them especially when I use the VA. Medicaid said I owed $495. I asked them again, for what?? They could not tell me. Then there was a 3% fee for the Federal courts and I asked why. They said it was law. I told them bull as my fees were already in the settlement and the courts take the cases after they get payment. So why the 2nd payment to the courts? I was told that it was 4-6 weeks to get my check. Why so long? The federal judges signed out on the amount and said it was good to go. So why the long wait. This approved amount is now mine, not the attorneys. It feels like a gimmick of some sort. But the time to get my check is looming large on them!!! Other affiliated things with the case!

  16. Cee Cee Reply

    Since I haven’t posted in a while. Here is my update. I was told after months that Well point had a lien on me. BULLSHIT! I worked everyday and pay my insurance G& K are crocks and liars They are just stalling and not paying this money out because they have the money. If there was a lien, why I found out a month ago. Now the claimants with lien were provided this information months ago and now all at once I have a lien. We are not getting any money, they (lawyers) are lying. The Attorney General needs to get involved with this. This is unbelievable that so many people have swindled by these lawyers handling the Avandia cases, If you get a second check, I wish you the best. Robert, I agree with you payment are too long because that are trying to take your money. I also believe that some of the post here are from attorneys or those working with them. Just check out what some of the posts are saying. They are defended the attorneys and not being supportive if they have funds invested in the process. Just like you and I get on the site, so does employees working for the crocks. You know who you are and God knows who you are. So if you received any money be thankful! Now Mr. Crock run and tell your lawyers that!!! We gotcha…………

  17. tanya Reply

    I have a good attorney, yes it is taking a while. my first payment was 35k then lawyers money came out of it, then my second check is supposed to be the same plus the eight point system that i cannot find how much that was. But the last i heard was the medical had one more week to respond then if they dont answer, then i dont have to pay medical. But i know with my next money im getting me a house on some land,,, I have been waiting years for my first check and the second check im still waiting which has been another year and a half so far.So if someone finds out what the point system is please let me know. And if i find out i will update the info on my page here.

  18. Josh Reply

    What is a “crock”? Do you mean “crook”?

  19. Laboria Reply

    I to have been waiting on my second check. Every time I call G&k they put the call to a call center and if the person answer they only tell you lies. They are a bunch of crooks that are making money off our money and it don’t look like we are going to get any more. I received a check in Nov 2013 and nothing since. There should be something we could do about this, such a sad case cause I need my money.

  20. linda Reply

    i agree with all of you and we should get together and do something my husband died and they said i had liens that had to be paid bs how do we do this do we sign a petition and send it to the judge or the california bar assoc, please let me know

  21. bryan Reply

    i have been waiting on a settlement from the Moody Law Firm for 3 years every time i called they tell me they are waiting on medicare Hint im 43 yeas old why in sam heel do i need to wait on medicare if i wasn’t on it they have all of my personal information i feel we all should file a Federal Law suit on the law firm or firms

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