The Food and Drug Administration is pulling Avandia from retail pharmacy shelves due to the diabetes drug’s cardiovascular threat to patients.æ
A 2007 analysis conducted by the Cleveland Clinic cardiologist Steven Nissen, M.D., found that those with type 2 diabetes who took Avandia had a 40% increase in heart attack risk.æ
Starting Nov. 18, only certified doctors will be able to prescribe the drug, and only to patients who have been alerted to the risks, who have already taken the drug safely, and who have found that other medications did not control their diabetes.
Do you take Avandia? It will be nearly impossible to obtain in the future so check with your physician and start putting together a new care plan.