Thursday, November 08, 2007

Manufacturer restricts use of diabetes drug Avandia

From CBC News:
The manufacturer of a drug for treating Type 2 diabetes has placed new restrictions on use of the medication based on a Health Canada review of clinical data pointing to an increased risk of heart-related problems in some patients.

GlaxoSmithKline Inc., in consultation with Health Canada, is updating prescribing information on products made from or containing the drug rosiglitazone: Avandia, Avandamet and AvandarylTM.

Once touted as the gold standard for preventing Type 2 diabetes in high-risk patients, rosiglitazone lost its glitter after a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in May showed Avandia significantly raised the risk of heart attack and possible death. ...more

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