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Friday, March 15, 2013
Diabetes Drug: Pancreatic Cancer Risk?
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is looking into findings published by a group of researchers suggesting diabetes drugs have a link to pancreatic cancer.
The FDA said it is reviewing unpublished findings that suggest pre-cancerous cellular changes could be associated with specific Type 2 diabetes drugs known as incretin mimetics. These findings were based on examination of a small number of pancreatic tissue specimens taken from patients after they died from unspecific causes.
The agency said it asked the researchers to provide the methodology to collect and study these specimens and to provide the tissue samples so it can further investigate potential pancreatic toxicity associated with the drug.