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Glaxo Settles More Avandia Lawsuits

Filed February 2nd, 2012 Julie

The UK’s biggest drug maker agreed last month to resolve more than 20,000 cases alleging Avandia can cause heart attacks, according to a lawyer for plaintiffs in the case. The company had already agreed to pay $700 million to settle more than 15,000 patients’ claims that Avandia caused heart attacks and strokes.

Over 2,500 Avandia cases have been consolidated before U.S. District Judge Cynthia Rufe in Philadelphia, who has been approved as a mediator in an effort to resolve remaining claims. Other cases are pending around the country. Another Louisiana-based mediator, Patrick A. Juneau, helped Glaxo and plaintiffs’ lawyers reach an agreement in more than 20,000 cases.

A 75-day deadline to resolve 85 percent of the cases through the mediation program had been set by Rufe, but it is unclear whether enough cases have been settled to meet the deadline.

Back in 2010, Glaxo said it would stop promoting the drug internationally after regulators decided to remove it from the European market and limit it on the US market.

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