Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Avandia - Diabetes Drug- Heart Attack Link?

Avandia is manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline for type 2 diabetes. It was first approved for use in 1999. Since then more than 6 million people worldwide have taken this drug. Avandia helps sensitize the body to insulin and helps control blood sugar. According to a recent study by the New England Journal of Medicine, patients taking Avandia have a 43% higher rate of heart attacks.

Several published and unpublished data from long-term clinical trials of Avandia, including an interim analysis of data from the RECORD trial (a large, ongoing, randomized open label trial) and unpublished reanalyses of data from DREAM (a previously conducted placebo-controlled, randomized trial) provide contradictory evidence about the risks in patients treated with Avandia.

The most recent labeling change for Avandia also included a new warning about a potential increase in heart attacks and heart-related chest pain in some individuals using Avandia. This new warning was based on the result of a controlled clinical trial in patients with existing congestive heart failure.

If you believe you were injured because of your use of Avandia, talk with me.