New study finds diabetes drug, Avandia, raises heart attack risk Avandia diabetes drug concerns 29.05.2007 On 21 May 2007, the New England Journal of Medicine published a study that has raised concerns about the possibility of a small increased risk of myocardial infarction (heart attack) and cardiovascular death in about 15 500 patients treated with rosiglitazone. Rosiglitazone (brand name Avandia) is a treatment for patients with type 2 (i.e., non-insulin dependent) diabetes and belongs to a class of drugs known as thiazolidinediones (also called glitazones). Patients with diabetes are at an increased risk of cardiovascular disorders, including heart failure and heart disease, due to the underlying condition. However, this drug may cause fluid retention, which in turn may make some heart problems worse or lead to heart failure. Warnings about this risk have been present in the product information since it was authorised in 2000. In September 2006, following a comprehensive review, the product information for prescribers and patients was updated to reflect more fully the risk of heart failure and to include a warning about the potential small increased risk. Avandia is authorised through one of the European licensing procedures, and the MHRA has issued a statement about the cardiac safety of rosiglitazone. In this statement they advise that patients should not stop treatment with rosiglitazone but should discuss their medication with their doctor at their next routine appointment.If you or someone you know has been effected by Avandia or any defective drug, our solicitors can help. Fill in our online claims form for free advice. Press contact James Clarke Press Officer +44 (0)161 838 3169 Email James Related articles 19.06.2018The New Tax Evasion Facilitation Offence 19.06.2018Legal Challenge To Inadequate Care ‘A Wake-Up Call To The NHS’ 18.06.2018Family Of Former College Cleaner Appealing To Ex-Colleagues For Help Following Cancer Death 18.06.2018Family Law Team Ranked Number One 18.06.2018London Drives UK Tourism But Other Regions Attracting Attention 18.06.2018Omnichannel And Experiential 'Key To Retail's Future Success'