Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Avandia: Higher Risk of Heart Attacks and Death
Older people taking Avandia and Actos had a higher risk of heart attacks, failure and death than those taking other diabetes pills, says a study from Canada.
Diabetics over 65 on the drugs were 40 percent more likely to suffer heart attacks, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Avandia increased the risks more than Actos did, possibly because smaller numbers of patients were prescribed the Takeda drug. The findings are similar to those in a May 21 New England Journal report by researchers at the Cleveland Clinic, which found Avandia increased heart attack risks by 43 percent.
You can find the article/study in JAMA .