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Rosiglitazone maleate, more commonly known as Avandia, is a prescription drug given to adults with diabetes 2 to control blood sugar. In 2007, a study revealed Avandia was an unsafe drug because it increased the risk of heart attacks in those who took the drug. More than 13,000 lawsuits have been filed against GlaxoSmithKline, the maker of the Avandia.

Why Are People Suing GlaxoSmithKline Over Avandia?

People are suing the drug maker based on the legal claim that the drug is a defective product. The company is accused of not properly warning patients about the risks associated with taking the drug such as increased heart attacks.

What Is a Defective Product?

A defective product is any product that causes injury to an individual because of a design defect, manufacturing defect, or a failure to warn.

Which Defective Product Theory Are Plaintiffs Using?

They are suing under “failure to warn.” Products must be reasonably safe to use for their intended purpose. A failure to warn indicates the defendant failed to tell about all the dangers associated with the drug or it was manufactured in an unsafe way.

What Do I Have to Prove If I Want to Sue Avandia?

A plaintiff must prove the four elements of the failure to warn tort:

  1. The defendant knew how dangerous Avandia was
  2. The defendant had a duty to warn the plaintiff of the danger associated with Avandia
  3. The defendant was negligent regarding their duty to warn, whether verbally or on the drug’s packaging, about Avandia’s risks
  4. The plaintiff was injured because of the inadequate warnings about Avandia

Do I Need a Lawyer to Sue GlaxoSmithKline?

If you or a loved one have been harmed because of taking Avandia, it is in your best interest to obtain a personal injury lawyer to sue the drug maker. Many Avandia lawsuits have been settled, but you have the option to sue alone or in a class action lawsuit.

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Last Modified: 09-08-2015 10:56 AM PDT

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