Monday, June 28, 2010

Avandia Reporting Risk ahead of Study

A new study led by a federal drug safety expert ties the controversial diabetes drug Avandia to a higher risk of heart problems, strokes and deaths in older adults, and says it is more dangerous than a rival drug, Actos.

The study, involved a Medicare records review, and is released about two weeks before there is an FDA  hearing on Avandia's safety.

The study involved 227,571 Medicare patients, average age 74, who started on Actos or Avandia from July 2006 through June 2009 and were followed for three years on average