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Diabetes

15 July 2010

FDA: keep Avandia on market

The controversial diabetes drug Avandia does raise the risk of heart attack more than other medications of its kind but should stay on the market with tightened controls, a U.S. government advisory panel recommended late Wednesday.

The controversial diabetes drug Avandia does raise the risk of heart attack more than other medications of its kind but should stay on the market with tightened controls, a U.S. government advisory panel recommended.

On their second vote, however, only one member of the committee thought that Avandia increases the risk of death when compared with older medicines, 20 said it did not increase the risk of death, and 12 remained unsure.

The panel seemed more decided when comparing Avandia's safety risks to its sister medication, Actos. Twenty panel members voted that Avandia was more likely to cause heart attack than Actos, four voted that it was no more likely to do so, and eight said they didn't know, the Associated Press reported.

 

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