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Call for ban on popular diabetes drug

October 30, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
A consumer group wants the government to ban a popular diabetes drug.Public Citizen has filed a petition with the FDA claiming that Avandia causes life-threatening side-effects, like heart attacks and liver failure. Last week, the American Diabetes Association issued guidelines that recommended against using Avandia as well.

Glaxo, the makers of Avandia, say the data on heart attacks is inconclusive and that the drug has a good safety record when it comes to liver problems.

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