Court is Establishing a Website for Avandia Lawsuit MDL

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By: AboutLawsuits | Published: November 19th, 2008

According to a Pretrial Order issued by U.S. District Judge Cynthia M. Rufe, who is overseeing the federal Avandia lawsuit MDL, the Court will establish and maintain a website that will post information and orders from the multi-district litigation.

Last year, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation consolidated and centralized all federal Avandia lawsuits before Judge Rufe in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

The cases are being coordinated during pretrial litigation under a federal procedure known as an MDL, or multi-district litigation. This process is designed to avoid duplicate discovery and inconsistent rulings in cases spread throughout the federal court system. If the cases do not settle or resolve during pretrial litigation, they will be remanded back to the original court where they were filed for trial.

According to the current scheduling orders, the first trials in the Avandia litigation are expected to begin in June 2010 on cases filed directly in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The discovery plan calls for 100 of these cases to be designated for early discovery, which will involve case specific depositions by the parties.

A subset of the early discovery cases will later be selected for the initial trial pool, which will be the first Avandia trials to be heard by a jury.

The Court indicates that a website will be established for the MDL to make information and orders from the Avandia lawsuit “readily and publicly available.”

It is not uncommon for courts assigned to oversee an MDL to create a dedicated website, or an area on the Court’s main website, to post information specific to the MDL. Similar sites are currently available to the public in the Digitek litigation in the Southern District of West Virginia, the Levaquin litigation in the District of Minnesota and Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch litigation in the District of Rhode Island, to name a few.

Judge Rufe’s order indicates that the Court intends to establish the Avandia MDL website with the input and participation of the parties’ Steering Committees and Liason Counsel.

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  1. Do you have any idea what the website address will be or is ?
    I was diagnosed wth congestive heart failure in early 2007 and I was on avandament & avandia for about 2 years. I had 95% of the side effect and my primary doctor never did take me off of avandia until I told I was not taking it anymore & then she switched me to Januvia. I this she still do not believe this drug is not fit for human consumption.

  2. My wife also took Avandia for about two years. She felt awful while on the drug and requested her doctor to stop prescribing this poison. Within approximately 25 months after her quiting the drug, she began to exhibit classic Avandia symptoms. Her doctor prescribed both pulmonmaty and cardio tests. He then told her she had developed PPH. Which is almost always fatal. She died soon thereafter with congestive heart failure and lungs full of fluiid

    We should never let these huge corpotations to get away with what they have done to so many families.

  3. I took avandia on prescriiption by a medical doctor for a year. Months later I had two angioplasties (stents were implanted in two of my major heart arteries. Three month later, I had massive mycardiac infarction (heart attack) that nearly killed me. This was followed by a quadruple heart bypass. I already have an attorney representing me.

  4. I took avandia and after I stopped and changed doctors I developed pnuemonia and then was told I had congestive heart failure and that my left side of my heart had only a 15 injection fraction

  5. I also took this Drug and had five heart attacks ! I had five angioplasties with six stents put in my heart . I am lucky to be here.I havent flet right sence this Drug is BAD NEWS !

  6. My father took this poison and he passed in 2005 from 5 heart attacks and at the end he had 3 stroks, to all people please do not take this drug, its bad news. we have filed a lawsuit agenst avandia…..

  7. I too was on avandamet for about 6 years then avadia for a about 1 1/2 years. I eventually suffered a stroke in may of 2007 which damaged both my eyes leaving me with no peripheral vision on my right side. I’ve already been examined and told that my eyes are permanently damaged and that part of my eyesight will never come back. I consider myself lucky compared to others I’ve been reading about. I only want compensation for the productivity I know that I’ve lost out on. On top of not ever being able to drive again. What do you suppose the loss of part of my vision is worth? it’s like walking around with one of my eyes being covered. Try it sometime. Oh I do already have some lawyers taking care of my case for me by the way they contacted me last year after my initial attempt was not even considered back when it first happened. Bet they wish they would have stuck it out now

  8. Ihad a slight stroke approximately 3 years ago. I recovered with no visible side effects. About 5 months ago I started developing a proble with my right eye. They got me in in just a couple of days but the damage was donr. I had a stroke in my right eye. No pain but the entire center vision area is now useless. No vision from that eye except around the edge. I where a patch often because of the light from the eye with lack of vision is impacting the use of my existing eye. As the gentleman named Raul stated, if you don’t think its tough to lose sight in one eye try patching one I guess I’m still more fortunate then a lot of people but I am handicapped more then I would have ever imagined. Simple chores like shaving, seeing one side of your face to shave has become a challenge..

  9. I took Avandia from 1999 till 2006 when Doctor took me off it. I suffered from macular adema,and swelling of the feet and legs and this causes me celluitis, which is very painfull. I have had hospital stays from this. I had echo cardiagram and have enlarged heart. I have pending lawsuit agains avandia. Get it off the market it is nothing but a poison.

  10. my wife was taking this drug,we paid $160., for me to watch this drug kill her, she died april 13th 2005 we were married for 35yrs,i found her dead.i knew this drug killed her looked for two years for an attorney to no avail. then one day in may it all hi tthe fan, thanks to u.s. news ,finally it looks like will get some justice, for all the people this drug has harmed i send my prays to you mike

  11. Since I started using hydroxycut I have had uncontrollable itching at night all over my body.

  12. I was put on Avandia in April 2000. I suffered severe congestive heart failure and was hospitalized in March 2006. One of the first things the doctors did is stop giving me Avandia that very day.

  13. HELLO. MY DR PUT ME ON AVANDIA ABOUT 2 MTHS AGO.I AM A MARRIED 30 YR OLD WIFE AND MOTHER OF 2 SMALL CHILDREN. I AM ALSO TYPE 1 DIABETIC. I HAVE HAD SEVERAL UNEXPLAINED SYMTOMS AND AM WONDERING IF THIS IS THE CAUSE OF IT. I HAVE HAD SEVERAL CHEST PAINS, I GUESS I WOULD DESCRIBE THEM.IN MY UPPER LEFT SIDE ABOVE AND FELT LIKE BEHIND MY CHEST. THEY WEREN’T REALLY BAD, BUT I KNEW SOMETHING DIDN’T FEEL RIGHT. I JUST EXCUSED THEM. ALSO TODAY I EXPERENCIED A VERY WIERD “THING” TO MY EYES, LIKE LITTLE GLOWING SPECKS EVERYWHERE & IT LASTED FOR ABOUT 2 MINS.NOW THAT I HAVE READ ALL OF YOUR POSTS I AM CONCERNED WITH THIS MEDICINE. I AM ALSO ON OTHER INSULINS AND MEDS DUE TO MY DIABETES. I DON’T KNOW IF THIS IS DUE TO THIS MEDICINE OR NOT??? IF SOMEONE COULD HELP ME AND EXPLAIN THAT WOULD BE GREAT. THANK YOU

  14. I was an over-the-road trucker with diabetes. You cannot take insulin, and drive interstate, according to department of transportation laws! So my doctors prescribed large dosages of Avandia since pills were allowed! I am 52 yrs old now, and am on permanant disability, for cardo-miapothy, chronic re-occuring congestive heart failure, and have had 3 strokes in the past 3 months! And am on a regimand of several heart medications, lasix, insulin, etc etc. I am now homeless, because I lost my job as a warehouse manager, and am living in a homeless shelter in Clearwater, Fl. All because of becoming sick, and from Avandia!

  15. My husband Robert was put on Avandia in Jan 07. He was experiencing tightness in his chest for a while. After a physical with
    his physician and a ekg the doctor said that he could no longer take
    the Avandia because their was something wrong with it. My husband
    said “Well I don’t want to be a sitting duck just waiting for a heart attack
    to happen”. This was in June of 07. Three weeks later my husband
    passed with a 80% blockage that was not detected during his phsical.
    Now with the Avandia lawsuit I hope that justice pays. Along with myself and my two minors left behind and other adult children whom
    miss our love one so much, today June 19 2009 marks two years he has been taken from us because of Avandia. I do pray for all that have
    lost a loved like us that we can all get some closure to this soon.
    I really do miss my husband extremely we were married just short of
    21 years. He was only 48 years old. His autopsy showed how he
    was a very healthy man except AVANDIA took that away from him
    and his family. I do pray justice helps so I can continue raising my
    children with all the dreams we did have for them that was cut short
    due to his untimely passing that has caused alot of hardship on us all.

  16. Avandia was prescribed for 3 years and my doctor still recommended it after the press reported information about stroke and heart attacks. I had 3 optic nerve strokes in my left eye and one optic nerve stroke in my right eye and then I stopped taking Avandia against my doctor’s wishes. It has been 2 and 1/2 years since I stopped taking Avandia and my vision has been stable… thank God I still have part of my vision. My vision will never improve and I have other complications with eye pressure and retina bleeding and will probably lose more vision. Now I have to see a retina specialist and will need laser and or injections in my eye sometime in the future. I am angry! Today I am filing a report with the FDA.

  17. Wow, I kind of stumbled onto this site quite by accident. My doctor put me on Avandia 2X daily, Glipizide, and insulin for several years now. So far so good, but I have had some shortness of breath and an occaisional bout with minor chest pain. I had a heart Catherization done a few years ago and it showed no blockages or other problems. Maybe I should request a stress test as well. I turned 50 this year and noticed that my vision was getting worse, Thought it was age, but I’ll get it looked at now.

  18. I have a friend who has suffered a stroke and heartattack while taking Avandia. What do we need to do to from here? I just saw a commercial a few hours ago and didn’t realize until we spoke that he was a candidate.

  19. My Dad suffered Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) within 6 months of use of advandia.His symptoms prior to CHF included weight gain,swollen feet, loss of appetite,fatigue and many more.Subsequent heart attack within a month and another mild heart attack after 10 months. All these led my Dad into complete disability and he is barely surviving. I hope GSK should be brought down to its knees at the earliest.

  20. i was on avandia for a year and half i suffered a lot of the side affects of this drug i explained to my doctor he stated would go away with futher use it first starteded with massive head aches then chest pains shortly after came the panic attacks and then sleep apnea was admitted to hospital 3 time with angina and heart attack like systoms i stop taking this medication. it has been awhile still dont feel right .
    still have some vision problem THIS STUFF IS BAD MEDICINE SHOULD BE REMOVED FROM MARKET

  21. my Mother was recently prescribed Avandia and her side effects were lke most of which Ive been reading. She has been taking it for about 2 weeks now and she had mentioned how since taken it she have been experiencing dizziness everyday, vison seemed to decline ,,, then she read of it online. thank goodness for sites like this … she has now chosen to discontinue to medication.

  22. I took Avandia for over ten years. When I started having edema, I was prescribed Lasix, and as I recall the doctor hinted at the time that edema was a side effect of Avandia, but he didn’t recommend discontinuing it. I was diagnosed a few years later with congestive heart failure, but I was not told to discontinue Avandia. On my own initiative I stopped taking Avandia when I developed shortness of breath. However, the edema continues to worsen and I wonder just how much heart damage I have. But I hesitate to return to the same doctor and I don’t know of any who are well-informed about these problems.

  23. I had been taking Avandia for many years until I saw my cardiologist in December and consulted with a heart surgeon immediately after severe blockages were detected in 4 arteries. I had quadruple bypass open heart surgery in early January of 2009. The heart surgeon stopped the Avandia just before the operation and I was put on Actos after I left the hospital.

  24. my husband use avandia for over 5yrs. and developed chf,liver failure
    and heart blockages. He had never been sick in his life untill 2004 and after complacations died in 2007. all that edema he started to get the doctor said nothing to worry about till it was too late.

  25. My husband suffered a heart attack on his 41st birthday on February 27, 2009. He was perscribed Avandia in May of ’08 and had been on it up until his heart attack. My husband now has 2 stents,severe anxiaty/panic attacks. He has nitoglycerin (just in case) And is now on xanax and 7 other heart meds as “prevenative maintenence”. My husband had a physical once a year…He was fine. No health problems. Avandia needs to be pulled! Period! I have read everyones comments on here and my heart goes out to all the families on here. May we all have closure soon… My husband hired an attorney on March 3rd 2009. Yesterday on August 13th 2009 we got a letter from the attorney saying he was unable to represent us. Due to his “lack of experience with Avandia cases” Another speed bump in our road of life….

  26. I started taking Avandia in 1999. By 2002 I was have pressure in my eyes and bleeding behind the eyes. Have been seeing a retinopathist since then for laser treatments. I have also had cortisone shots in my eyes. I have had 2 heart attacks, a stroke, a stent in my heart,a bypass on the left leg, a stent in the right leg, pneumonia and a lot of other things. I have been in the hospital 7 times this year and am in rehab now trying to learn to walk again. I am incontinent and my wife and home health nurse have to take care of me. I am only 55 years old and I feel like my life is over because of Avandia. I have a lawyer working on this now.

  27. “…the Court will establish and maintain a website that will post information and orders from the multi-district litigation.”

    This information is in the first paragraph of this article. I have looked for the website but have been unable to find it. Does anyone know what the web address is?

  28. http://www.paed.uscourts.gov/mdl1871.asp

  29. I would like to know just what type of a monetary percentage is usual given for the attorneys handling these cases. It seems to me that it is extremely high after they take their fee then they take incidentals,costs court fees etc. and such after the percentage of the settlement is paid.

  30. My wife started taking avandia aboyt 15 yrs ago and since then she has had 4 heart attacks 3 stints a pacemaker and defibrolater, she had congestive heart failure, renal failure neuropathy in her legs and on july 17th of 09 she died of a massive stroke. It would have been nice if the drug company had been made to pay for this while she was still alive so she could have realized some measure of normalcey if only in the financial side of life

  31. I have just read all of the comments posted and they made me sad to realize so many others have suffered, as our family has done. My mother was placed on Avandia three years ago and within a week of taking the drug she began to “feel bad”. She went to church on a Sunday and the next day she was in a irreversible metabolic coma brought on by hypoglycemia. The only change in her medical treatment was the addition of Avandia! On September 4th, it will be three years since our healthy mother passed away. If you are on Avandia, get switched to a safer medication. Best of luck to all of you dealing with your disability or the death or someone you loved.

  32. I have read the comments posted, I know how everyone feels. I lost my dad little over 2 years ago. I watch my dad suffer from taking this medication, I would tell the hospice nurse that they were a medication that was hurting my dad, but they seem to think that I didnt know what I was talking about. What really hurts me so bad , is that I am giving my dad this medication thinking it is going to help him, but all it is doing is killing him. it makes me so angry, because he would look at me and say please help me. My dad was just about blind, he had so many fractures, he was swelling so bad, and his doctor could not understand why. I share the hurt that everyone else is feeling.

  33. I suffered a stroke in 2007 after being on Avandia for 1 1/2 years. I have a 60% visual field loss on the left and a pain condition called “thallamic pain syndrome” because my stroke was in my thalamus. I will be in constant, excruciating pain on m y left side for the rest of my life as there is no cure for this.

  34. I started taking Avandia on 8/20/2007. on 8/27/07 i was rushed to the hospital with breathing difficulty and chest pains. i was told it was bronchitis. 11/27/07 i was rushed again to the hospital. this time it was pneumonia. 12/28/07, 1/10/08, and 1/25/08 again to the hospital. i spent 16 days there after someone gave my chest x-ray to a pulminary doc and he said i was pulminary embolism. he looked at my chart and asked how long i was taking avandia. he was so upset that no one said anything about it until then. when i was placed in the cardiac center on 1/25/08 my heart was working at 20% normal. doc said even standing up, i could have died from a heart attack.

  35. I have taken Avandia for 4 years. stopped 6 months ago after noticing a significant loss of strength and energy. I also noticed a loss of mental retention and recall. It’s like the doctor never noticed the trend. So far, I am stable but physically unable to do what I consider normal.

  36. I started taking Avandia in 1998, and 3 heart catherizations and stents in 2000, 2001, and 2002. I was switched to Actos which kept my feet swollen and heart doctor took me off Actos, and switched me to Januviamet, which has been great in controlling my A1c and daily testing down to 93-98. I lost a lot of work, time and effort due to the Avandia problems associated with my heart. When will the lawsuit be entered, I’d like to sign on.

  37. I was on avandia for approx 7 months before I saw an article online about avandia being linked to heart attacks, I spoke with my physician, who said that this was just a preliminary finding. I told him nonetheless I was going to discontinue the avandia. I am 44 and have since had a heart attack and required a triple bypass.

  38. If you have diabetes, you are at risk for heart attacks, strokes, CHF, and so much more. What is so unfortunate is that diabetic patients feel that it is their treatments that are causing these events. What many do not know is they would have suffered much worse if their doctor had not put them on something to reduce their insulin resistance, and thus their blood sugar. Too much of the time, treatment starts far too late because patients do not want to know they have diabetes because they do not want to change their lifestyle. Typically, a patient is diagnosed with diabetes when their A1C reaches 7. At this point, 50% of the beta cells, which produce the insulin, are already gone due to years of insulin resistance. Then, doctors and drug companies alike are expected to pull off the impossible and stop all adverse events through some kind of treatment. Patients fail to realize that diabetes is a cardiovascular disease. It is not just a “sugar” disorder. If patients could turn back time and relive the years of treatment they underwent with no treatment, the outcome may not be pretty. However, doctors and drug companies will continue to get blamed for trying to help an already bad situation. So sue you doctor and the drug company. When you have put them out of business for something that may have been avoided by a lifetime of more responsible diet and exercise choices, see what will be left for you when you develop nephropathy or neuropathy. My mom takes Avandia, she is doing great. But she works out, eats right, takes the med like her doctor tells her and is alway learning about her disease. It boils down to personal responsibility. If you want to find someone to blame, I am sure you can. If you want to make a difference, start with taking personal responsibility.

  39. I have taken this medication for a total of 4 years..The years of 2003 to 2007..My medical doctor took me off this medication because of complication with stomach…

  40. My father was placed on Avandia about three years ago. Since then, he has been in and out of the hospital with congestive heart failure and severe swelling of the legs and feet. He stopped taking the medication after a couple of months, but the side effects have not abated. He has also suffered loss of vision symptoms. He is currently being hospitalized for congestive heart failure and swelling. We are consulting attorneys…

  41. After reading all of the above comments I am feeling even more blessed in that I was taken off avandia after being in a major MVA in 2005 resulting from a C2 fracture and broken hip. I was dx. with CHF while hospitalized and developed related heart problems which resulted in 4 way vessel bypass surgery in feb 07 due to complete blockage. I have to agree with Nichols above that lifestyle was likely contributing factor however i feel so very fortunate to have lived thru all ofm this. Since I have a major visual impairment since birth with a damaged optical nerves limiting my vision severly, i am so very glad that I have not sufferred any other effects of the treatment. Just consider how lucky we are, years ago if you were over a certain age, a doctor would barely look at you due to so many comorbidities of the elderly and now so much more efforts are being made to treat the elderly, yes with some mistakes admittedly but how lucky we are to be alive and still breathing. I have just enttered the class action lawsuit regarding avandia.

  42. About a year ago I was sure I was going to lose my father. He had been experiencing declining health for the last eight years. It all started with a diabetes diagnoses back in the late 1990′s. He was put on Avandia in 2001 to help with the diabetes. In 2002 he was hospitalized with CHF and received two Stints and under went two Angioplasties. He then continued to experience shortage of breath, fluids in the lungs and diabetic attacks. In 2006-07 my mother suggested that the cause could be the Avandia. She knew this because she monitored my father’s health with more scrutiny than any doctor. In 2008 he was hospitalized several times including 2 heart attacks, CHF and a diabetic attack. He had 4 more stints put in, open heart surgery, and was told that more than 25% of his heart was not working properly, a valve was replaced in his heart, a right leg vein was used for two more by-passes, and he was fit with a pace-maker/defibrillator. The doctors did not give him much of a chance during his last operation but some how this remarkable man beat the odds and continues to live among us albeit; he is on a large regiment of medications and has to be taken to different doctors from 1 to 3 times a week. We had no idea that he was being poisoned by this medication. We are happy he is with us but we believe that this drug almost took him away from his family. If you deserve to be compensated, I urge you to go forth. We are!

  43. I T HAS BEEN 26 MONTDHS SINCE i FILED A LAWSUIT AGAINST GSK AND I HAVE YET TO HEAR A WORD FROM THEM. IS THIS SPEEDY JUSTICE OR STALLING ON PART OF THE DEFENDENT?? I HAVE BEEN TOLD, BY MY ATTORNEY, THAT MAYBE I;LL HEAR FROM THEM NEXT YEAR, BUT THERE IS NOTHING PUSHING THEM TO OPEN THESE CASES. THE LONGER THEY ARE ALLOWED TO STALL, THE HAPPIER THEY ARE. MEANWHILE, THE PLAINTIFFS GO ON WITHOUT COMPENSATION FOR LOST SPOUSES AND OTHER LOVED ONES.
    THIS IS CORPORATE CRIME AT THE HIGHEST.

  44. I too have lost my husband in 2009, due to hearts failure.He to was prescribed Avandia. He had 6 by-passes. Also had liver damage. He had filed a lawsuit about 4 years ago. Still does me no comfort. stop this medication!!!!!

  45. I was put on Avandia in 2000 when I was first diagnosed with diabetes.
    I gained weight and had my first heart attack in 2008. I was on
    Avandia for four and a half years. Now I have heart pain enough at
    least once or twice in a 2-3 month period to warrent taking Nitro-quick.
    I see a cardiologist every 6 months. I have pain off and on frequently
    and especially when laying on the left side. I have shortness of breath
    with exertion and cannot walk up raised areas. I have paid up my
    funeral plan and am planning to get my headstone ready.

  46. I received Advandia in 2006, Drugstore said they could not get advanamet which was what was initially prescribed in 2004 in 6-2007 i went into congestive heart failure,Died and was brought back only to face by-pass and mitral valve replacement. will be on blood thinner for the rest of my life. I am so displeased with DR.s and Pharmaceutical companies I research any thing now that is given to me I trust no one over thr years I have taken several drugs with side effects can’t afford to keep killing myself ” letting others kill me”. This equates to mass murder When will it stop?

  47. I have lost my Dad and my husband both of whom were on Avandia, my Dad was on it from 2001 till his death in 2008, he had congestive heart failure, and had several heart attacks, an strokes. He also had alzheimers. My husband took the stuff for a year and the Va Hosp, put him on it, his sugars were 400 and up very uncontrolled he also took 4 shots of insulin a day and 4 metformin500 daily. His Medical Dr., took him off of the Avandia after a bout 16 mos., of taking it, he said it was dangerous. Now I am a member of the class action lawsuits. My husband passed away in Nov. 2005, with congestive heart failure, and kidney failure,also lliver failure. I am wondering if there is anyway that I could find out if my Dad has a claim for the Avandia, because we are fighting with two sibling that stole all of Dads belongings and money, so we are wondering if they filed for this also and didn’t tell the rest of us of which there are 5 of us all together. But I don’t know how to find out. And I have cancer, diabetes, and fibro, and I hope the class action lawsuit pays us all some compensation for the deaths of our loved ones. They should let folks know that they are guinea pigs for them.

  48. my husband died in 2007 from a massive heart attack while driving his truck. His doctor had him on avandia since1999, when he was diagnosed with diabetis. I have an attorney fighting this for me.

  49. Well I suppose if I had not taken over my own care from my doctor I would most likely be dead. I had told him for several months that I was have chest pains (not likea heart attack) but more like sharp to dull chest pain. I had been taking avandia for about 9-10 months and over the last 3 or 4 months I had been asking my doctor to change my medications as I was starting to have more severe chest pain. He told me no until after my next apointment (2 more months) He wasn’t having the pains I was. I stopped taking the Avandia & made an appointment with a new Dr.
    BUT..I am begining to think the damage has already been done because I am now having more occurances of chest pain & most of the time it occures after stressful situations not excertion. of course I don’t figure any of these doctors documented my problems so now I wonder if I have a leg to stand on???

  50. My military doctor put me on Avandia in Feb. 2007 for diabetics and I was on it for almost 2 years. I am 32 years old and always had a good heart until I was Diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure. I have 2 sons and a husband who had to watch me almost die and suffer so much through this. I have a baby that I can’t lift. I was working as a RCA and can’t work anymore. I was told I can’t have anymore children because of Avandia. I can’t do the things I use to do. I now have to take 10 pills a day for the rest of my life. The people who did this to us needs to take this meds and let it happen to them. We need justice. Through the Grace of God I am alive.

  51. I have had 9 strokes and quadriple bypass…i told the doctor its the avandia stupid!!!!!!!!!!

  52. i too lost myhusband . 14 days after his doctors appointment. my husband was on avandia for approx. 6 months. he complained of pains in his chest for 4plus months. the doctor told him to continue to take the medication, he said it was safe. on august 25,2007 my husbands heart gave out at the age of 46, i live in arizona and that year it was really hot. i tried to give him cpr. it did not work, i forgot to pinch his nose. what i thought was blood getting in my mouth and on his face turned out to be decomp. the fire dept. came and they tried everything and nothing worked and via phone he was pronouced dead within 15 minutes or so. his death was caused by avandia and the experience i have been thru has traumatized me for the rest of my life. no one should have to experience this, forgot to add what the doctor said. while complaining about the chest pains he said ” i take it and i am fine”.

  53. Since my first heart attack in Jan 27th 2008 my doctor kept me on Avandia for almost a year until the i almost died less than a year ago I had the on set of another heart attack and had 4 more stints put in still living with heart pain every day I now live in fear of what is next I do have an attorney but do not get any information or up dates I guess we just wait for answers its sad that big medication companies can do this to so many people and think they can hide this for ever they do not care about the people it is just about the money Larry

  54. I too lost my husband, he was diabetic, was on avandia for a long time.
    He had bypass surgery in August 2006. Didn’t know he had a heart attack
    because the diabetices he had no feeling in his heart. He passed away
    Dec 2009.

  55. i…too have had 2 heart attacks because of avandia and have atty to represent me… but have never recieved any info at all of how the compensation works or how any of the conditions are given a dollar value….does any one know? and if any one does please share this valuable information

  56. I just contacted a lawyer. I have been a heart pt. since I was 34. I became a diabetic about 10 years ago. I have been on Advandia since 2003. I was taken off the drug a few weeks ago. I was told I now have CHF. Over the last 3 years I was told that my heart is inlarge and my output E.F., is now only 25%. I am now 59 and find it very hard to do my job. How much does a heart go for.

  57. I am trying to info on the latest happening with the avaindia litigation I had a massive heart attaxck after being on avanidia almost died three times on the way to the hospitial.I took me almost two years to ge6t over it. Although I am left with a mountain of effects from it.I would like some news on whats going on I hete to both my attourney’s.

  58. I have been on Avandia for years. I recently was hopsitalized with congestive heart failure (severe); fluid arund the heart (severe) among other. What should I be doing? I don’t want a group (or lawyer) who is disreputable handling my case. How can I verify the legitaly of these?

  59. I was on avandia for 4 years. I was rushed to the hospital in Feb. of 2010 I had an ejection fraction of only 15 I also had leaky valves and dilated cardiomyopathy I’m in heart failure. I need to go to see an surgeon.

  60. My husband Jose De Jesus Jr has been taking avandia for the past 6 years. And he started it with 8mg and his heart was ponding real hard and he informed his doctors and the medication was cut down to 4mg but it was still to strong for him that he suffered a stroke from the medication. He also lost his eye sight on his right eye and has problem which he has backouts and shortness of breath and weakness in his legs. This medication cuase him a lot of harm and agony for the past years. I’m 48 yaers old and going through all this heart ache. I just want some news from my attorneys and what is going on

  61. took avandia from 2003 til 2006 when i had to be hospitalized for chf. dr came into room and quietly said to stop taking avandia but the damage had been done. can no longer do any of the things i could before starting on that poison. what is a settlement heck my life is ruined forever.

  62. after reading these comments i am amazed that i’m still alive. at one time or another while taking avandia i had just about every problem i have read about.CHF, edema,stent,pneumonia,macular edema,hell driving at night,panic attack,forgetting what i’m talking about in mid sentence,apenia,legs weak(no breaks) how in the world can one small pill wreak so much havoc? gsk should be made to take their own poison.they poisoned everyone else why not themselves.i hope they are made to pay and pay and pay.

  63. I was on Avandia starting in approx 2003-4. Not long after Dec 2004 I started to experience heart problems that lead to 16 heart caths with ,the insertion of a heart pump, 8 stents, cardiac bipass, a number of TIA’s and stroke,edema,pacemaker……

  64. I have now been told by my Attourney that the first cases will be tried in October. Which I thought mine would be one of but now he says my case probably wont come up untill after the first of the year. IHope this mess will get over Its been five years now since I had my congestive heart failure while taking Avandia. I am still having problems,Last year I had some Aginia pain I thought I was havong another heart attack I went
    to the Emergency room waited for about 3 hours and they had me stay over night which by that time was only a couple of hours.
    They ran a couple of tests and my bill was out of this world.
    I still have a eight hundred dollar bill after my great social security disability Medicare paid what they were suspose to pay. I hope they will either go to court or pay me a settlement I could live the rest of my life on since now having one lung after my quadruple by-pass I cant work and Disability only pays me 1/3 of what I used to make working.
    I have a ton of Medical bills. And all the co-pays with deductables
    I’m going broke very quickly. Someone get this Avandia stuff over it almost killed me It took away my salary,my,job,my life, sex,ability to breath, and any Vacations I could have taken. Someone help!!!!

  65. i personally consider the avandia lawsuits a waste of time.my atty is already telling their clients to take the money, whatever is offered. after reading this online it made me realize that gsk has won.they say it is too hard to prove guilt if you already had diabetes. someone tell me what was the point of the last four years.clients will still suffer,but bet the attys will get paid more than people who suffered.almost like getting away with murder.dont waste your time expecting a lot of compensation.you will just be disappointed. if you ever even see any. may they all rot in hell.CROOKS

  66. The avandia cases are starting to settle, from what I hear. NO, they won’t make you rich and won’t make up for all the agony this pill has put us through, but it’s something like justice. I am so far into debt from my husband’s medical bills I had to find a case funding company to get an advance on the settlement – thank god for that, at least I won’t lose my home. I just want this suit to be over, I’m hoping at least it will give me some resolution.

  67. My husband started taking avandia when it first came out we didn’t even know anything bad about it until 2006. That was because he had 100% blockage that caused him to have a stroke. The doctors said he was suppose to of died from that stroke; but instead he has brain damage, kidney damage, seizures from the brain damage and is paralized on the left side. Not to mention the depression he suffers and all the bad mood swings he goes through. When he first started taking it he gained weight like crazy now that he is off of it he has lost alot of that weight, but he will never be the man I married he is now another one of my children that I have to take care of. Now he needs my care 24/7 so not only did his life end that day so did mine. He now also takes more medication all because of that one bad one, pills for the kidneys, seizures, depression, diabetes still just different ones, which now that he is off avandia his sugar is good. No amount of money can give us back what was taken. This year makes 25 years we have been together, last 4 of it has been the hardest. We almost lost our home but kids helped to keep it, we just lost the car we had that was almost paid for; which makes it hard on me to get him back and forth to doctors because we still can’t afford another car since we had to have them take that one back no one will let us make payments again unless hugh down payment which is more than his SSI check.

    So if you know someone still taking this bad drugs I would plead with them to have their doctor give them something else and also have them a full check up to look for blockage and every thing else that it causes.

  68. My mom was on Avandia for about 18 months. She was treated for a heart condition at the best hospital in the US, and was released with only the Avandia and walking. Within 4 months of the annual check up, she died of heart attack. Family has been struggling since 05 with her death–did not know Avandia could have been a significant influence until the recent info about the FDA. I am very angry–there were other options she could have used, and she would still be with us today.

  69. Does anyone know the website set up by the Judge?

  70. I WAS ALSO PRESCRIBED AVANDAMENT BY PCP FOR TYPE TWO DIABETES, WITHOUT ANY WARNING FOR BECOMING PREGNANT. AFTER BEING ON THIS MEDICATION FOR A WHILE, I DID BECOME PREGNANT WITH MY SON WHO WILL SOON BE FIVE. HE WAS BORN WITH HEART CONDITION, BI-LATERAL FEMURAL HYPOPLASIA, CLETE PALATE, WEB TOE AND SMALL AIRWAY. HIS PHYSICAL APPEARANCE SEEMS NORMAL EXCEPT HIS HEIGHT, BUT WE HAVE HAD NUMEROUS GENETIC TESTING AND THEY CAN’T FIND ANYTHING. i HAVE ALWAYS FELT IT WAS THIS MEDICATION….HE HAS HAD NUMEROUS SURGIES ALSO…

  71. Does anyone have the website to go to for information about the disposition of payments to settled cases for Avandia? I cannot find anyone who has received a dime! Pleasel let me know.

  72. My type 2 diabetes was in control when my Doctors decided to switch me to Avandia. Right away I began to have issues of edema of the lower extremities. After my Dr. contacted SGK about this they were in denial. I continued on Avandia but when my edema continued to worsen my dosage was cut in half. I had a heart attack followed by a triple bypass and angina and partial paralysis of my right hand. I was disabled with exxtreme SOB and on oxigen. I was and remain over 5 years as invalid. My Doctors, both Personal, Cardiac and Surgeons all agreed that with a clean history (no family heart disease) that Avandia was the leading cause. Loss of wages, bodily injury, disability and suffering caused me to seek remedy through the courts. SGK was not forthcoming and downright dishonest regarding the discoveries which have been made public as of late and should suffer monetary punitiveloss for the pain and suffering they caused while lining their pockets!

  73. I hate to see folks suffer, but I think it’s time we get a clue. Do any of the millions of you who have suffered ill health ever stop to think that you could ever be to blame for what has happened to your body? Do you think you can watch tv, eat fast food, eat 100′s of extra calories every day and never end up with diabetes? And what is diabetes? If you think it is just a sugar disorder and the meds you take to fix it are to blame for your complications, think again. Try not taking your meds and see how far you get. You will be blind, have no legs and will be in renal failur before you know it. So sue the companies who are trying to make meds to help you live a longer, healthier life. Or maybe we should just take more ownership of our problems and stop blaming everyone else!!!!

  74. At 14 I walked into my dad’s house to find my father died at 53 of what the coroner describe as “unexplained heart failure.” After a lifetime of good health(except for diabetes) and excercis. He was taking avandia for some time. Haven’t heard of this until these last few weeks and I don’t know where to find out the information. Anyone know the court established web page??

  75. After having a heart attact at 46 years of age had stints put in 5 1/2 years ago when i got out of the hospital my primary doctor put me on pill called avandia every 6 months i would get my blood work done and it was always the same high colestro and other things i always felt wierd i exersize ate wright but i never felt good no energy short of breath so after 5/12 years of takeing avandia my doctor told me to stop takeing avandia i felt good again then i had another heart attact becouse of takeing avandia i now have pernament heart heart damage i wish my doctor would have listen to me for all those times i complained now i will suffer for the rest of my life not knowing how long i have to live

  76. ii too losst my husband in 2007 he was on avandia for almost one year. he had aa massive heart attack. he did so sitting in front of the t.v ss his was a gruesome death and it really took its tolll on me. i was hoping the government would pull this off the market. how many more people need to suffer or die. i could go on about my husband death but i do not want people to get sick over it.

  77. I started Avandia in June of 2003 , in August of 2006 I enetered the hospital with severe Angina pain. The doctor said I needed some stents while he was doing the angioplasty he dissected my Aorta and resulted in me having to have Open Heart Surgery and thus the pain over the last few years. I have been told that i have lost the functionalty of nearly 20% of the left side of my heart. Oh by the way I still need more surgeries and can’t get insurance for my family…..

  78. I read the opening statement from the Judge that she did not want this dragged out and delayed. That is all it has been, guess I will never see this settled. And then people wonder why we talk about lawyers being lower than whale s*** and why people do not trust the courts.

  79. I have read all of enclosed Blogs on this page and have empathy with most of the contributors. I was prescribed Avandia back in FY2001, maximum dosage of 8mg/day. I thought that most of my physical pain and suffering was due to growing old (presently 68 years old). When I worked in Louisiana, approx 3+ years, I read an article about Avandia and some of the symptoms it caused. Since FY2000, I had been visiting MD’s every 3 months to monitor my sugar and blood tests. This was a total of four MD’s, in five States. None of these apprised me of the Avandia fiasco. I had cut out the negative Article and gave it to my Primary Care Physician and he told me not to worry. It hadn’t been documented by the major medical journals. I continued taking the 8 mg of Avandia. After I was downsized by BASF, supposedly because of Economy, we moved to Ohio. One day after
    arriving,I experienced a phenomenon where I wound up crawling on the floor of my bedroom, not knowing where I was and couldn’t raise my voice loud enough for my wife to hear me trying to call her. When she did hear me she called the EMS and they treated me for a low sugar count (53). I went to the Hospital where they performed tests and mentioned I had suffered a Stroke (but couldn’t give me time period, which did a little damage, They mentioned I needed triple by pass heart surgery. I suffered most of the symptoms listed in this blog. After surgery (Cleveland Clinic) I couldn’t walk for four months because of gout-like pain in both feet. Three months after Surgery, leg pain, prompted me to see my Cardiologist and he admitted me to the Hospital for seven days because of a blood clot in my leg. My short term memory is defective and my speech pattern has slowed down and often times I forget the subject that I am talking about. I’m irritable, legs still swollen after 1.5 years and been on a diuretic for the past 9 years . My weight gain jumped 40+ pounds over the years and now have little appetite and have lost 60+ pounds. My Medical Insurance (COBRA ,Medicare Part A and Cobra) keep sending me notices that I still owe $$$. I have to call back and forth to Cleveland Clinic, Medicare and Cobra to explain to them that Medicare was my primary provider during that time. I have stopped trying to explain this and am ready to go to Court for non-pay. I am broke and the bills and phone calls keep coming in. With all that pressure mounting I am expecting to experience another cardiac problem. I have an Attorney for the Class Action but will never get back 6 years of six figure income that I had worked for all those years.
    God Bless and help all of you.

  80. WHEN ARE THEY GOING TO GET SOME MONEY FOR ALL THE PAIN AND SUFFERING ALL WE HERE IS ABOUT WHAT EVERYONE WENT THUR! AND NOW IT’S TIME TO HERE ABOUT SOMEONE GETTING THERE CHANGE ALL THE TALK IS ABOUT WHAT HAPPEN. MY HUBSAND HAS BEEN BACK IN MUSC AGAIN FOR FLUID AND PNEUOMINA AND FLIUD ALL OVER HIS BODY IT LOOKS LIKE HE’LL DIE BEFORE HE GETS HIS CHANGE…WHAT HAPPENENING OR WHAT JUDGE SHOULD WE TALK TO ABOUT THIS CASE THANKS FOR UR HELP

  81. I am fully lost in any understanding of the Avandia settlements. I continually read where people are being paid $25,000.00 to $86,000.00 as compensation for their lives.

    I also understand that a set of guidelines are being used to assess the money due a person. I cannot believe our country has fallen so far from humanity. As others, I have suffered horribly due to Avandia. Many days I wish I would have died. It would be easier on myself and my family. Yet, justified compensation for all the pain and suffering is deemed to be worth a meager amount. It doesn’t even cover the costs of meds and drs. visits.

    It should be considered by all to unite and sue the government and any other that has made this decision that our lives and those of our families are worth so little. It is another case where a large non-American company illegally and maliciously treat Americans and our government assists them in doing so. Shame to all of those responsible.

  82. I have an ongoing lawsuit now for over two years against GSK. My attorneys are keeping me informed and its a slow process. The only fault I see is GSK holds out to last minute. They are not the ones who have been injured by their product, AVANDIA! The big business gets away with murder, so to speak, and the little guy has to bear the brunt of their mistakes! They should have to pay ASAP. If they or who or whatever is responsible, I say SHAME, SHAME! What goes around, comes around. A lot of older and some young people are in need of help. Please GSK and federal courts, just do it! Lots of folks will be grateful…..

  83. So, has anyone gotten any decent settlement from this thing? I was told the settlements vary, but that there are people getting over $100,000+, but obviously certain circumstances have to be there for that to happen.

    Anyways, anyone care to share any settlement amount news? you dont have to give the amount, but, was it better than the projected ‘$45,000-$85,000″?

  84. i suffered a tia while on advandia does aanyone have the mcEwen law firm if so what can you tell me about the cases pending for thier law firm curious

  85. NOW MY MOTHER GOT A LETTER STATING SOMETHING ABOUT MEDICARE PART-C. AND IT SOUNDS LIKE THE LAWYERS ARE PUTTING THE AWARD MONEY MY MOTHER HAVE WAITED 4 YEARS FOR. 6MONTHS AGO THE LAWYERS OFFICE WAS SAYING MY MOTHER IS GONNA GET HER MONEY, MONTH AFTER MONTH . THESE LAWYERS ARE NOT DOING THERE OR THEY ARE KEEPING THE MONEY FOR THEMSELVES.

  86. Bob, WTF are you talking about?

  87. Bob, WTF are you saying dude? Speak english……

  88. ive wated for 7 years for my money and still not here what can i do im now 73 yhr old and hace a bad heart and am now on haert med and asp
    every time i call my lawyer he tell me another 2 to 3 week so i wait and call again and getthe same answer

  89. what ever happen to the cases that were to be settle in 90 days,did,t the judge cynthia rufe order 85pct of the cases settle by then,somebody help me with ruleing.. has antone ever receive any settlement?

  90. My father took this stuff for a short period of time and when he was prescibed it we did not do the research. I really wish i had because he died in 09 at the age of 53, I haven’t done anything yet, I dont even know if I can but after reading what these people have done and all the people they have hurt I will now. They drag on the case so they dont have to pay. Well i beleive in karma its somthing my dad taught me, He was a great man. I was with him when they gave him this drug and they said nothing of the side affects. I beleive they will pay with more than just money.

  91. I think these lawyers are out for nothong but money thier pockets. they all they do is sit aroumd their desks amd dont do anything except charge for doing nothing. The longer they drag things out the more they charge. The people who really need the money. Lawyers dont care about anythimg but thier pockets.

  92. My attorney led me on for awhile then said that they couldn’t prove that l had a case even though l took the drug and had a cardiac event on 2006 so they dropped me

  93. I took Avandia for several years and suffered 3 heart attacks during this time. In 2008 I was informed that Avandia caused serious heart and other health related problems. I contacted an attorney and they took my case immediately. The makers of Avandia were ordered by a jury to pay a substantial amount of money to claimants in 2010 but it took 3 years just to receive a partial payment. The attorney’s involved in the recovery of money for damages are holding this money as long as possible under the premise that lean checks are being handled! I have been long cleared of any leans and my attorney’s are still talking in circles and drawing interest on the money that they are holding for their clients. There must be a statute of limitations on the amount of time they can hold this money. I need the website PLEASE! I’m am sick and tired of being jerked around…

  94. This whole thing is B.S. … they know they killed us and don’t give a damn … make them take thier own drugs … see how that works out … watch the Erin Brockovich negotiations scene in the movie when she hands a glass of thier water to them … lousy bastards … all about the almighty dollar … ask on of them what it:s worth to blow thier damn head off …. like to see that figure … we should be getting MILLIONS and shutting them down …. this is such a B.S, situation

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