Friday, October 21, 2005

Diabetes drug unsafe? (Pargluva)

A new diabetes pill headed for approval has been linked to deaths, heart attacks and strokes, a medical journal reported this week. (JAMA)

The study found two times as as many deaths and heart problems in adults with Diabetes taking Pargluva than those on placebos. The drug treats Type 2 diabetes.
The drug had been ok'd by the FDA in September.

JAMA pushed it online because of concerns over its safety. T

One website noted the drug could have meant a "public health catastrophe" given that 18 million Americans have diabetes.