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Avandia Diabetes Drug Poses Heart Risk for Older Patients

Filed December 12th, 2007 amy

Per a recent article in the , older patients treated with diabetes drug Avandia, sold by GlaxoSmithKline PLC, have a significantly increased risk of heart attack, congestive heart failure and death compared to the other diabetes treatments.  These findings come from an article published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Earlier studies of Avandia have brought similar links between the controversial Type II diabetes drug and cardiac risks.  Per the , the new study concludes that Avandia users had a 60 percent increased risk of heart failure, a 40 percent increased risk of heart attacks and a 30 percent increased risk of death compared with patients taking other oral diabetes medicines.

“Our study suggests that at least in this high-risk population, the harms of the drug may outweigh the benefits,” said the study’s lead author, Dr. Lorraine L. Lipscombe of the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences in Toronto, an independent nonprofit group that evaluates treatments.

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