|DIABETES DRUG DANGEROUS|
In the May 21, 2007 of The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), the diabetes drug Avandia was shown to raise a patient's risk of heart attacks. There has been much concern about Avandia for years as it's also been shown to increase the risk of heart failure, swelling of the eye leading to blurry vision, and possible liver failure. Avandia, also sold under the name Avandamet, contains the drug rosiglitazone. Rosiglitazone is one of a group of drugs known as thiazolidinediones, others of which have been shown to incur liver failure.
As the Food and Drug Administration uses a voluntary reporting system to measure a drug's safety once it's out on the market, this unenforceable system leads to unnecessary suffering and sometimes death. The real damage being inflicted by drugs is not publicized until the evidence is so compelling or dramatic as to demand the withdrawal of the drug.
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