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February 2000: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration allowed Lotronex on the market after a fast-track approval process that critics say led the agency to ignore warning signs about the drug's dangers.

April 2000:
British medical journal The Lancet slams the FDA for giving in to industry and political pressure and approving Lotronex despite known side effects.

April 2000:
The FDA issues a warning to drug maker GlaxoSmithKline (then Glaxo Wellcome) saying that Lotronex sales literature is misleading and makes unsupported claims.


May 2000: By the end of the month,130,000 Lotronex prescriptions have been issued, and 12 serious gastrointestinal reactions reported to the FDA. For each one the agency learns about, 10 go unreported, the FDA estimates.


August 2000:
As reports of serious Lotronex side effects continue to mount, the FDA requires that a warning of the drug's risks accompany each prescription.

November 2000:
GlaxoSmithKline agrees to remove the drug from the market. The company sold more than $50 million worth of Lotronex to about 300,000 people.

December 2000:
The first lawsuits are filed against GlaxoSmithKline (then Glaxo Wellcome) by patients who say they suffered from Lotronex side effects. A class action suit in West Virginia charges the drug maker with failing to warn consumers about Lotronex' risks. Others are later filed in Pennsylvania and Mississippi.


December 2000:
By year's end, Lotronex was blamed for severe gastrointestinal problems in 141 people -- including 96 who were hospitalized and five who died.


June 2002:
The FDA allows Lotronex back on the market, though under new restrictions on marketing and prescriptions. The safeguards are criticized as inadequate to protect consumers from the drug's dangers.


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