Friday, June 01, 2007

Deaths linked to diabetes drug?

From the Winnipeg Free Press:
Health Canada says the deaths of several Canadians could be linked to the popular Type 2 diabetes drug Avandia, the Free Press has learned.

Last week, a report in the New England Journal of Medicine linked Avandia to a greater chance of heart attack and possibly death.

Initially, Health Canada told the media that 28 Canadians who were taking Avandia suffered heart attacks since 2000. They didn't say if any of the heart attacks were fatal.

But after the Free Press looked into Health Canada's adverse-reaction database, spokeswoman Renee Bergeron confirmed 19 people have died from heart attacks or heart failure while taking Avandia. ...more

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