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FDA Loosens Restrictions on Diabetes Drug Avandia


Story at-a-glance -

  • Diabetes drug Avandia was linked to significantly increased risks of heart attack and cardiovascular death, prompting the FDA to restrict access to the drug in 2010
  • The FDA has announced it is lifting those restrictions to allow widespread access to the drug once again
  • The decision was based on a heavily criticized study conducted by the drug’s maker, GlaxoSmithKline (which pleaded guilty to fraud in 2012 for failing to report safety problems with Avandia)
  • Drugs are not the solution to “curing” type 2 diabetes; in many cases dietary and other lifestyle changes can successfully prevent and even reverse this condition

By Dr. Mercola

Diabetes drug Avandia hit the market in 1999 and quickly became a blockbuster drug. By 2006, its annual revenue was more than $3 billion, but this changed following an alarming study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) in 2007.

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