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Diabetes Drug Avandia Associated with Increased Risk of Osteoporosis

Feb 10, 2008
The type 2 diabetes drug Avandia, from GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), is making headlines again as scientists find that long-term use of the drug may increase the risk of osteoporosis among patients. Avandia, also referred to as rosiglitazone, was approved in June 1999, since that time the drug has been taken by millions of Americans.

The study was conducted by the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and first appeared in the scientific health journal, Nature Medicine in the Dec. 2 online issue. Researchers found that the drug may contribute to bone loss over time and that the drug may speed up the process of osteoporosis, thinning of bones and may result in bone fractures in the body that can be fatal to type 2 diabetes patients who already experience hardships from the symptoms associated with this illness.

Dangerous Avandia Side-Effects

Avandia is an oral anti-diabetic medication that has been associated with congestive heart failure, according to warnings released by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

In early 2007, GlaxoSmithKline reported the results of a 26-week, double blind, fixed-dose study that resulted in approximately 40 percent of patients taking Avandia to have reduced their insulin dose, compared to those receiving placebo pills. However, in November 2007, the FDA placed yet another warning label on the drug, this time consisting of a black box warning. The warning is also known as black label warning and it is the highest and most severe warning a drug can have while still being available on the market. While the warning on the box was related to the severity of potential heart failure, only continued research will determine how great the risk of osteoporosis is among users who also risk heart failure while on the drug. But for those who are currently or have in the past taken the drug, contacting an attorney who can offer advice on how to receive probable compensation for the potentially irreversible damage is a wise decision.

Overcoming the Avandia Osteoporosis Risk

For users of Avandia as well as other type 2 diabetes drugs recently released on the market, it is advisable to speak with an experienced diabetes law firm who can offer advice on building a potential case and receiving compensation for having taken Avandia or other type 2 diabetes drugs, which may also cause the increased risk of osteoporosis. Treating diabetes can be a difficult challenge in and of itself, and when additional factors or side effects come to light about a specific drug the situation can become an even more frightening dilemma. But the best way to overcome potential harm is to not only contact a doctor to better understand steps to protect yourself, but to contact a law firm and become aware of the latest news and findings.
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