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South Carolina Attorney General Files Lawsuit Against Avandia

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In a lawsuit filed in Spartanburg County, South Carolina, Attorney General Alan Wilson claims that Avandia maker GlaxoSmithKline improperly marketed the drug and hid its potentially life threatening side effects.

In the lawsuit, Wilson said that “GSK did not just fail to disclose the potential cardiovascular risks Avandia posed, which include heart attacks and sudden cardiac death, it affirmatively represented that Avandia could reduce diabetics’ cardiovascular risks.” And that “GSK knew or should have known that these representations were not true and likely to deceive.”

The lawsuit also claims that GSK was negligent in stating that the drug did not pose serious heart risks and that it actually could reduce heart problems in diabetics. Wilson also claims that FDA scientists attributed 83,000 heart attacks to Avandia since it became available in 1999.

A spokesperson for GSK said in a statement that “GlaxoSmithKline stands behind the safety and efficacy of Avandia when used appropriately and according to its label,” and “GSK acted properly and responsibly in conducting its clinical trial program for Avandia, in marketing the medicine, in monitoring its safety once it was approved for use and in updating information in the medicine’s labeling as new information became available.”

The lawsuit seeks a civil penalty of up to $5,000 for each violation of the states unfair trade practice act, punitive damages and $2,000 for each false claim made to the state in regards to prescriptions for the state’s Medicaid recipients.
? disclaimer: This article: South Carolina Attorney General Files Lawsuit Against Avandia was posted on Thursday, June 2nd, 2011 at 5:25 pm at and is filed under Defective Drug Lawsuits.

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