A lawsuit was filed last month against GlaxoSmithKline, accusing the pharmaceutical company of suppressing evidence that its diabetes drug Avandia causes increased risk of heart attacks. The lawsuit, filed in a California federal court, seeks restitution for all Avandia purchasers in California. It’s alleged that the company violated state false-advertising statutes. This lawsuit is the first by a government entity against the company over Avandia. Santa Clara County’s acting county counsel Miguel Marquez had this to say about the lawsuit:
GSK’s unlawful conduct has cost patients, their insurers, and government payers millions of dollars, and it has caused needless suffering to thousands of Californians. This is precisely the sort of corporate malfeasance that California law prohibits.
The drug manufacturer, which is based in London, claims the lawsuit has no merit and that scientific evidence shows the FDA-approved drug doesn’t increase heart attack risk. The lawsuit comes after the release of a U.S. Senate report in February charging that Glaxo minimized Avandia’s safety risks and withheld data from the Food and Drug Administration. The Senate Finance Committee’s report was based on researchers’ studies of Avandia, internal GlaxoSmithKline documents, and FDA documents.
According to Santa Clara County officials, the County spent $2 million to provide Avandia for patients at its public hospital between 1999 and 2007. The County said that because Glaxo’s Avandia advertising campaign was aimed at diabetics, who are classified as disabled under California law, they are seeking triple damages. It will be interesting to see how this litigation progresses and whether other state and local governments file suit.
Source: Associated Press
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