Friday, June 01, 2007

Pharmacist urges Avandia users to keep using it

From the Peterborough (Ont.) Examiner:
Avandia — a Type 2 diabetes drug that's been possibly linked to six Canadian deaths — is still "excellent" for diabetics as long as they don't have heart conditions such as congestive heart failure, a pharmacist says.

Murad Younis, of Westmount Pharmacy on Charlotte Street, says he worries all diabetics will be scared off the daily tablets after the U.S. issued a safety alert last week.

The alert was in response to a New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) study linking the drug to a greater risk of heart attack.

Avandia got more bad press when Health Canada reported Wednesday a preliminary review indicates the drug could be linked to the deaths of six people who died from heart attacks or heart failures. ...more

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