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2008-07-02 00:05:00

Speaking before a U.S. advisory panel, Cleveland Clinic cardiologist Steven Nissen said higher standards of testing should be enforced to ensure that new proposed diabetes medicines do not damage patients' hearts. "We have to rule out some level of harm prior to approval," Cleveland Clinic cardiologist Steven Nissen told the panel of experts that advises the Food and Drug Administration. Some experts claim that stricter regulation may require longer clinical testing periods, which could slow...

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2008-01-31 10:20:00

Iowa Senator Charles Grassley said yesterday that Dr. Steven M. Haffner, a well-known diabetes expert at the University of Health Science Center in San Antonio, had leaked confidential, unpublished information to GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) that questioned the safety of the company's diabetes drug Avandia.A New York Times report said that Dr. Haffner had faxed the document, a medical journal article he had agreed to read as part of the normal prepublication peer review process for The New England...

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2007-05-23 14:30:00

How does a drug go from blockbuster to bust? How can big safety issues go undetected in medicines taken by millions of people for many years, as happened this week with the diabetes pill Avandia and a few years ago with the painkiller Vioxx? Or with devices like drug-coated stents, which came under a cloud last year after 6 million heart patients had already received them? All roads - and fingers this week - point to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. From a company's labs to a consumer's...

2005-07-12 14:32:41

By Megan Rauscher NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Diabetic patients with abnormally high liver enzymes are not at increased risk for developing liver toxicity from treatment with Avandia (rosiglitazone), results of a study indicate. Avandia "can be safely used" in these patients, Dr. Naga Chalasani who led the study told Reuters Health. Avandia belongs to a class of drugs called thiazolidinediones, which help lower blood sugar, or glucose, in people with type 2 diabetes. Although Avandia and...

2005-07-12 14:23:18

(Corrects name in headline from Rosiglitazone to Avandia) A corrected version follows By Megan Rauscher NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Diabetic patients with abnormally high liver enzymes are not at increased risk for developing liver toxicity from treatment with Avandia (rosiglitazone), results of a study indicate. Avandia "can be safely used" in these patients, Dr. Naga Chalasani who led the study told Reuters Health. Avandia belongs to a class of drugs called thiazolidinediones, which...


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