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Diabetic Drug Found to Increase Risk for Heart Disease

Two separate studies have found that Avandia, a controversial diabetes medicine, substantially increases patients’ heart risks. The studies were recently made public in hopes of influencing an expert panel that will offer advice to the Food and Drug Administration regarding the drug.

In response to the new studies, GlaxoSmithKline, the drug’s manufacturer, released a statement saying that other studies have shown that Avandia is safe.

According to the New York Times:

“Doubts about Avandia’s safety have been growing since May 2007 when a study ... found that it increased the risks of heart attacks by 43 percent. An investigation revealed that the company had known about the possible increased risks for nearly two years, and the FDA for at least a year, but neither had informed the public.”

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