(07/02/2012): Avandia Lawsuit: The British manufacturer, GalaxoSmithKline (GSK) will pay $3 billion to clear charges and allegations of marketing drugs for uses other than those approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This settlement is historic as the largest case of healthcare fraud in U.S. history.
GSK is the manufacturer of well-known drugs such as Avandia, Paxil and Wellbutrin.
An attorney involved in the case, Tavy Deming said that allegations by internal personnel were investigated and verified. “The company took no action, choosing hefty profits over compliance and patient safety,“ Deming said.
Among the charges of illegal marketing, there are mentions of the diabetes drug Avandia. GSK pled guilty to marketing Paxil and Wellbutrin for off-label uses and for failing to report clinical data on Avandia. Certain safety information including the potential risk of congestive heart failure and heart attack were not given to the prescribing doctors. Since this time, the FDA has forced GSK to add two black-box warnings to the Avandia label. If you or a loved one experienced heart damage while taking Avandia, you may be eligible to join the Avandia Lawsuit.
Promoting a drug for uses other than the approved on-label usage is considered “misbranding” in the United States and is not permitted. GSK plead guilty to these charges and will be held accountable. It is not too late to begin entering the Avandia Lawsuit to hold GSK accountable for the failure to warn of known adverse effects. Contact us at (800) 611-7080 to learn how you can be compensated for damages related to congestive heart failure through an Avandia Lawsuit.
The time to file an Avandia Lawsuit is close to ending. It is advisable to explore your legal options today and join serious discussions with an attorney regarding the Avandia Lawsuit action. Best Legal Source is a strong ally to have in this process. Please call today.