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Avandia Settlement Reached in Burford Case


This is a settlement for the Avandia lawsuit.

London, UK: GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), has settled an Avandia lawsuit that alleged the diabetes medication caused the death of a North Carolina man. The suit was filed by the family of James Burford who died of a heart attack in 2006 while using the drug.

The settlement was arranged the night before GSK was due to go to court over the case, which is the first of some 2000 pending Avandia lawsuits that allege GSK hid the health risks associated with the medication.

According to a report on Bloomberg, Mary Anne Rhyne, a U.S.-based spokeswoman for Glaxo, said in an e-mailed statement yesterday that the company settled the Burford case to avoid the risks and costs of litigation. The details of the settlement remain confidential.

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