Outlook on diabetes drug less than rosy
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.