TeAna Anthony has filed a lawsuit in Galveston County Court against GlaxoSmithKline after her six-year-old son Jonathan nearly died after using Advair for his asthma.
According to the lawsuit, Jonathan had been taking Advair more than a year when in December 2008, he “suffered a severe and nearly fatal asthma attack which resulted in a severe anoxic brain injury.”
Advair which contains the ingredient salmeterol, was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2000, however, the lawsuit says “clinical studies have shown that salmeterol is associated with rare serious asthma episodes or asthma-related deaths,” and that “the defendant knew or should have known that children using Advair were at an increased risk of serious asthma episodes or asthma-related deaths,” the Southeast Texas Record reported.
The lawsuit alleges that GSK failed to adequately warn about the associated risks, and provided false warnings to physicians and consumers regarding the associated risks. The complaint also charges the drug manufacturer was negligent in the formulation, design, and marketing and sales of the asthma drug Advair.
The lawsuit seeks an unspecified amount of damages.