Heart Attack: A Proven Risk Avandia and Avandia-containing Drugs

There are hundreds of medications against which the US Food and Drug Administration has issued a Black Box Warning – the strongest warning that this branch of US government can issue due to the drugs’ proven life-threatening effects. One of the drugs that have been issued this particular warning is Avandia, also known as Rosiglitazone, which the FDA approved in 1999 and which was once GlaxoSmithKline’s (formerly SmithKlineBeecham Corporation, before its merger with Glaxo Wellcome) second most sold product.

Avandia or Rosiglitazone is recommended to patients suffering from Type II diabetes, a chronic illness wherein the body fails to control the level of sugar in the blood; this sugar, or glucose, is the body’s key source of energy. Glaxo has also produced Avandia in combination with other drugs. Thus, there is Avandaryl, where Rosiglitazone is combined with glimepiride, and Avandamet, the combination of Rosiglitazone and metformin.

Due to the risk of serious side-effects, specifically heart diseases that can lead to death, the FDA, in February of 2011, required the inclusion of the cardiovascular risks and risk of heart attack on the drug’s patient Medication Guide and physician labeling. This was actually preceded by the agency’s announcement in September 2010 that it will strictly restrict the prescription and use of the drug (and all Avandia–containing drugs) by Type 2 diabetes patients.

The known minor and life-threatening side-effects related to Avandia are back pain, blurred vision, osteoporosis, severe allergic reaction, bone fractures, hyperflycemia, myocardial ischemia, stroke and heart attack.

The National Injury Law Center, which continues to answer hundreds of patients with their questions on bad medications and harmful medical procedures, as well as help them in their legal actions against manufacturers or liable individuals, states in an article posted in their website that fluid retention, which can very well result or aggravate congestive heart failure (wherein the heart fails to supply sufficient blood to different body parts), is another severe effect of Rosiglitazone.

Glaxo’s decision not to warn the public of Avandia’s side-effects, due mainly to its contention that its product does not increase risk of heart attack, is a clear indication of negligence. This is enough to hold the company fully accountable to all the severe effects and deaths caused by Avandia.

Legal Issues That Follow A Car Accident

The aftermath of an automobile accident can leave you shaking, stressed out, and sacred. Not only are you concerned with your own safety, but also the safety of anyone else in your vehicle and the driver of the other car. And while the moments following an accident may seem like a blur, it is important that you focus, stay calm, and respond appropriately.

By having a plan and knowing how to respond after an accident, you can avoid a number of potentially serious mistakes that could hurt your chances of recovering financial compensation from your insurance company or the other driver’s insurance company through a civil lawsuit.

If you are involved in a car accident, you should respond the following way:

  • Check the safety of everyone involved and call 911 if necessary
  • Talk to witnesses and get contact information from those who saw the accident
  • Do not admit fault to the other driver for the accident
  • Take pictures of the accident scene to have proof of damage to your vehicle for the insurance companies
  • Contact your insurance company to report the accident
  • Talk with a car accident lawyer before accepting any offer

By following these simple steps you can be proactive in getting the financial compensation you need to pay for car repair bills and medical expenses.

What are Psychometric Tests?

As a law student, taking tests has become a part of your life. From the LSAT to midterms and finals, to even the State Bar exam so you can legally practice law, the thought of taking one more test may be extremely frustrating and exhausting. However, before getting a job or even a promotion, many law firms or other corporations make candidates take psychometric tests.

Law TestsPsychometric tests are standardized tests used to measure a person’s verbal reasoning, mathematic skills, overall aptitude, and also personality to determine whether or not he or she is the right candidate for a specific job. Above all, a psychometric test is used to learn more about a candidate you may not necessarily get from just a resume or face-to-face interview.

Although many people debate whether or not they are an effective way to measure or assess one’s abilities and personality, the tests have a reputation for producing fairly accurate results. That is if the test follows these guidelines:

  • The test must be completely objective and not influenced in any way by the tester’s beliefs
  • It must be standardized across the board
  • The test itself must reduce the risk of errors
  • Cannot be discriminatory toward any group on factors like gender, race, etc.

And while these psychometric tests do produce reliable results in predicting a candidate’s strengths and overall ability to complete a job efficiently and effectively, candidates can prepare for these tests and increase their chances of performing well by highlighting strengths and improving weaknesses.