Council withdraws diabetes medicine

July 7, 2011

The Medicines Control Council has withdrawn the diabetes medicine Avandia from the market because it contains a substance that might increase the likelihood of a heart attack.

The medication, produced by GlaxoSmithKline, is prescribed to some type2 diabetics.

The council made the decision five weeks ago “due to safety risks” attributed to rosiglitazone, a constituent of Avandia.

A statement by the council on Tuesday said: “Rosiglitazone is associated with an increased risk [of] heart failure, myocardial infarction [heart attack] and cardiac arrest”.

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