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New Scientific Studies Show Further Evidence of Avandia Dangers
Date:2/4/2010

Two independent studies document serious medical risks associated with use of popular GlaxoSmithKline diabetes drug

Mineola, NY (Lexis Nexis) February 4, 2010 -- Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline is about to suffer more setbacks in the ongoing battle of opinions concerning the safety of its much touted diabetes drug Avandia, according to Marc Grossman, senior partner of leading national personal injury law firm of Sanders Viener Grossman, LLP, in Mineola, N.Y.

The American Diabetes Association has accepted for publication in its prestigious medical journal, Diabetes Care, a study by Harvard researchers that shows users of the diabetes drug Avandia have more than double the risk of a heart attack compared to other diabetes drugs. Further, a jointly sponsored study by both GlaxoSmithKline and i3 Drug Safety, an independent drug-safety firm, will appear in the journal Clinical Therapeutics, showing that Avandia users have a 35-41% increased risk of a heart attack over users of Actos©, Avandia's main competitor.

These findings are the latest in a series of published studies that indicate Avandia users are at an unacceptably increased risk of a heart attack. In 2007, the Food and Drug Administration required a "Black Box" warning be added to Avandia's label about the heart risks associated with drug, but allowed the product to remain on the market even though numerous Endocrinologists and other diabetes experts called for its removal
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