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An Oklahoma man is suing drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline in federal court, claiming its popular diabetes pill gave him heart problems that required bypass surgery.

Attorneys for Grove residents Pat and Sandra Kelly allege in the lawsuit that the drugmaker should have known that Avandia was associated with a significant increased risk of heart failure, heart attack and stroke, among other side effects.

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Pennsylvania and is among several filed across the country targeting Avandia and its manufacturer. The drug, which has been on the market since 1999, helps improve blood sugar regulation in type 2 diabetes patients.

"We're in the early stages of a national pharmaceutical litigation
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