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Diabetes drug risk - what Labs rat cannot tell us.

Postby lim_013 » Fri Oct 01, 2010 4:42 pm

Updated 12:02 PM Sep 27, 2010SINGAPORE - The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) has announced that it will significantly limit the use of the diabetes drug, Avandia, in order to minimise the potential cardiovascular risks associated with the medicine.

It said Avandia, made by British firm GlaxoSmithKline, and also known by its generic name rosiglitazone, will be limited to selected patients who are unable to effectively control their blood sugar with the use of other medications.

The decision was based on the assessment conducted by HSA together with its Pharmacovigilance Advisory Committee and a panel of diabetes and heart disease experts.

The drug has been licensed in Singapore since 2000 for blood sugar control in patients with type 2 diabetes in addition to diet and exercise.

The HSA's announcement comes a day after the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it would significantly restrict the use of rosiglitazone to patients who cannot control their diabetes with other medications.

In a simultaneous news briefing, the European Medicines Agency announced that it would suspend the marketing of Avandia and ban its sale within the next few months.

It also decided to halt the sale of Glaxo's other diabetes drugs, Avandamet and Avaglim, as they too contain rosiglitazone.

Avandia has long been associated with an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. An FDA study in 2007 linking the medication to serious health concerns prompted the authorities to slap a warning on it.

The HSA said that, following its review, it has assessed that there is a small possible increased risk of heart attacks associated with rosiglitazone. "However, for a group of patients who cannot effectively control their blood sugar using alternative medications, the benefits of rosiglitazone may outweigh these risks," it added.

To enhance safer use of the drug, the HSA will implement a risk management plan to strictly disallow the use of the drug in patients with heart problems.

Patients who have been prescribed medication with rosiglitazone are advised to consult their doctors if they have concerns about their drug therapy.

The HSA said patients should not stop taking their medications unless advised by their doctors.

http://www.todayonline.com/Singapore/ED ... 000069/HD-

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Postby dolphinsiah » Wed Oct 27, 2010 8:06 pm

My spouse was on this medicine for serveral years...the Doctor who prescibed this medicine to him is also awared that he has an existing heart problem....

This Doctor stopped giving him this medicine after we highlighted to him that this medicine is not sutiable for heart patient.... :!:
We came to know the side effects of this medicine through the local Chinese Newspaper....

So what can I said...is Western Medicine Curing us or Killing us indirectly... :(

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Postby lim_013 » Thu Oct 28, 2010 10:24 am

dolphinsiah wrote:My spouse was on this medicine for serveral years...the Doctor who prescibed this medicine to him is also awared that he has an existing heart problem....

This Doctor stopped giving him this medicine after we highlighted to him that this medicine is not sutiable for heart patient.... :!:
We came to know the side effects of this medicine through the local Chinese Newspaper....

So what can I said...is Western Medicine Curing us or Killing us indirectly... :(


Well, this is something sad, there is always side effect in medicine as they are made from chemicals, when use for long term. We should not rely medication for long term. This need a change in lifestyle and diet habits. i would recommend you to look into nutritional supplments.

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