Last week, I posted a blog entry about the controversy surrounding Avandia after recent studies revealed the cardiovascular dangers surrounding it and advised readers to contact their doctor immediately regarding possible alternative medication.
A new article in the New York Times provides more insight into the known problems with Avandia at SmithKline Beecham. According to studies conducted by the manufacturer in 1999, signs were evident that Avandia was riskier to the heart; however, the company chose not to publish those studies, instead spending 11 years trying to cover them up. "The company did not post the results on its Web site or submit them to federal drug regulators, as is required in most cases by law." Following the May, 2007 lawsuit that forced SmithKline (successor to SmithKline Beecham) to post some documents on its website, it has become more obvious that the company aggressively attempted to prevent the public from learning of the cardiovascular safety risks to protect their sales numbers.
As with any product or medication, safety should never be sacrificed for profit. Initial reports seem to indicate that profit was definitely the primary interest for SmithKline Beecham.
In related news, the non-profit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine filed a suit today against the FDA for failing to alert diabetes patients of safer alternatives for treatment other than Avandia and other diabetes drugs.
If you have been prescribed Avandia, contact your doctor immediately to learn of the associated risks and possible alternatives.
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