Thursday, August 28, 2008

N.S. man sues over drug Avandia

From the Halifax Chronicle Herald:
A Nova Scotian man has launched a class action lawsuit against the federal government and the company responsible for the popular drug Avandia, most commonly used to treat Type 2 diabetes.

Counsel for Ronald Finck of Shinimicas Village, Cumberland County, filed the statement of claim in Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Halifax on Wednesday.

Named as defendants are Glaxosmithkline Inc., Glaxosmithkline PLC, Glaxosmithkline Services Unlimited, Smithkline Beecham Corporation and the Attorney General of Canada.

In the court document, lawyer Wei Wu of the Merchant Law Group in Saskatchewan claims that Avandia, also known as rosiglitazone, raises the risk of heart attack, heart failure and death in older patients.

He alleges that Glaxosmithkline knew or should have known that its product, approved by Health Canada on March 21, 2000, was unsafe for patients. ...more

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