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Study Determines Onglyza Ineffective at Reducing Heart Attack, Stroke Risks for Diabetics

Filed June 21st, 2013 Joshua Sophy

A new study shows that the type 2 diabetes drug Onglyza does not reduce the chance a person will suffer a heart attack or be stricken with heart disease.

According to a report at, the new study examined the heart risks associated with Onglyza. The study found that the drug did not increase the risk of heart attacks or heart disease, the number-one killer of diabetics, but it did not work at reducing those risks, either.

Onglyza is in a class of drugs known as DPP-4 inhibitors. Another popular diabetes drug in this class is Januvia. According to our previous reports, Januvia has been linked to an increased risk of pancreatic cancer. And, as a whole, drugs used to treat type 2 diabetes have come under increased scrutiny because of their numerous health risks.

We’ve reported on other diabetes drugs, like Avandia, Actos, and Januvia. Avandia has been strictly limited from the market and is now the ultimate in last resorts for diabetics when all other drugs fail. Concerns continue to grow over the safety of Actos because of its link to life-threatening bladder cancer.

This most recent study did not examine the risks of pancreatic cancer associated with Onglyza, according to the report, instead focusing on the heart risks that could be linked to it. Though full details of the study are not yet available, the summary shows that Onglyza did not reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, or heart disease, the main reason it is prescribed.

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