Even if doctors decide to try prescribing the drug again (its usage dropped in large numbers after the 2007 meta-analysis by Nissen), figuring out which patients with type 2 diabetes shouldn't be taking Avandia may be difficult, said Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, director of women and heart disease at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.
"These patients are already at risk for heart disease. How do you select or omit patients because they are all at risk for heart disease because of their diabetes? Heart failure and fractures are processes that we are already trying to prevent in this population."
Find out more about type 2 diabetes at the American Diabetes Association.
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