Outlook on diabetes drug less than rosy

Published: August, 2007

Early work suggests that rosiglitazone (Avandia) may not be best for the heart.

In May 2007, millions of people with diabetes got something extra to worry about — the possibility that a drug they were taking to control blood sugar might be harming their hearts. According to a report in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) that touched off a media firestorm, Avandia (rosiglitazone) increases the chances of having a heart attack or dying of cardiovascular disease. The news prompted many people to call their doctors.

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