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January 30, 2013
11:56 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline says Guardian wrong to suggest Avandia safety data concealed
GlaxoSmithKline, in response to a news article published this morning in The Guardian on U.K. legal proceedings related to the type 2 diabetes medicine Avandia, said: "We have every sympathy for people with health complications associated with diabetes and those who care for them. However, respecting the UK court process, we are unable to comment on ongoing legal cases. We continue to believe that the company acted appropriately and responsibly in its management of Avandia. Specifically, it is wrong to suggest that we hid or concealed safety data relating to Avandia. We made Avandia clinical trial results available on our website and shared these with regulators. With respect to Avandia, the settlement reached in 2012 following a US Department of Justice investigation related solely to the inadvertent omissions in certain Food and Drug Administration regulatory reports of information regarding the initiation and status of certain studies. The Department of Justice has expressly acknowledged that the information had been provided by GSK to the FDA in other forms. The FDA has also stated that the omissions did not impact the agency’s evaluation of the safety data related to Avandia. We continue to stand behind the safety and efficacy profile of Avandia in the treatment of type 2 diabetes when used appropriately. Nevertheless, we fully accept regulators’ decisions to restrict its use and have worked to make sure health professionals and patients understand this latest advice and guidance." In its report, The Guardian said "GlaxoSmithKline has admitted concealing data about the damaging side-effects of the drug...But, despite this, GSK is not prepared to settle claims in the UK without a court fight." The Guardian's health editor, Sarah Boseley, also stated the history of U.K. drug litigation suggests that "families might not easily get compensation." Shares of GlaxoSmithKline trading in New York were up 0.24% to $45.68 near noon.
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