Tuesday, November 1, 2011

How Safe is Your Diabetes Drug, Miami? Three Popular Diabetes Drugs Being Questioned by Government Agencies This Week

What diabetes drug are you or a loved one depending upon to control diabetes safely? According to recent news reports, more and more of the diabetes drugs prescribed by doctors and previously okayed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are now being questioned for their dangers.

Potentially unsafe and dangerous drugs for diabetes include:

1. Avandia (rosiglitazone)
Avandia was revealed to be risky last fall and instead of helping diabetes sufferers, too many Avandia users were experiencing heart attacks and dying from heart disease that may be tied to the diabetes drug rosiglitazone. A class action lawsuit was filed by 43 diabetes sufferers who are now Avandia victims just this week in Illinois.

2. Actos (pioglitazone)
This week, the diabetes drug Actos was pulled from the market in France and Germany because of concernes that this diabetes drug might be causing bladder cancer in those taking Actos. A research study done in France found that Actos users were 22% more likely to have bladder cancer as compared to diabetics using other prescriptions.

3. Victoza (liraglutide)
Liraglutide is used by diabetes sufferers who have been unsuccessful with first-line therapy, and is injected once a day. Yesterday, the FDA issued a warning that liraglutide injections (Victoza, Novo Nordisk) may be connected to thyroid C-cell tumors and acute pancreatitis.

We Must All Be Aware of Dangerous Drugs and Not Blindly Trust Medicine as Being Safe
Diabetes is a national epidemic - and here in South Florida, more and more diabetes sufferers are diagnosed every day. Dangerous drugs, unfortunately, are another huge national problem and it is not enough to trust your doctor or your pharmacy to give you or your loved one safe medicine.

Be aware of what you are taking - and if you are taking these diabetes drugs, please check with your doctor. Maybe you need to find another method to control your diabetes.

And if you or a loved one suffers from diabetes and now has a diagnosis of cancer, heart disease, or other life-threatening illness, then perhaps it's time to check with a lawyer, too. Don't trust a doctor to always let you know that you have a potential lawsuit.

By Bryant Esquenazi on June 14, 2011 1:27 PM

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