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Avandia Attorney Says Study Based on 'Useless Trick Science'
Date:6/5/2009

Today's announcement hurts thousands of Avandia patients, counsel says

HOUSTON, June 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Noted Houston trial lawyer Mark Lanier of The Lanier Law Firm says "useless trick science" is the basis for a new study being unveiled today in New Orleans by drug maker GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE: GSK) about the side effects caused by the company's diabetes medication Avandia, which reportedly has been linked to heart problems in thousands of patients.

Mr. Lanier represents many former Avandia users who suffered heart attacks and other heart problems after taking the drug. The study released today follows six years of research paid for by GlaxoSmithKline to purportedly determine whether Avandia causes heart problems at a higher rate than other diabetes medications. The study results are being presented at the American Diabetes Association's 69th Scientific Sessions, the world's largest diabetes conference.

Among the many problems cited by medical professionals who have reviewed the study's methodology is that not enough participants were included to produce statistically valid results. The study also used Avandia in combination with other drugs rather than determining the effects of taking the drug alone.

"This study is a prime example of getting what you pay for," says Mr. Lanier. "For six years, GlaxoSmithKline has been pouring money into this study to get the results they wanted, and that's exactly what's happening today."

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