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Avandia Attorney Says Study Based on 'Useless Trick Science'
Date:6/5/2009

ycaemia in Diabetes, or RECORD, study is based on information from diabetes patients who live in Europe. The study results follow a 2007 report in The New England Journal of Medicine, which revealed that Avandia users suffered a 43 percent increase in heart attacks and a 64 percent increase in cardiac deaths.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration responded by requiring GlaxoSmithKline to include an updated "Black Box" warning on Avandia prescriptions about the potential increased risk of heart attacks. "Black Box" warnings are the most serious warnings required by the FDA, and are used only when a drug presents a significant risk of serious adverse side effects.

Preliminary results from the RECORD study showed no statistically significant difference in heart problems among users of Avandia and other diabetes medications, but Mr. Lanier and others who have reviewed the methodology say the results are unreliable.

"One of the FDA's own researchers said two years ago that he didn't think this study should have been conducted because it couldn't produce scientifically reliable or valid results," says Mr. Lanier. "By using tricks as science and publishing this study, GlaxoSmithKline is disregarding the safety of thousands of diabetes patients in the company's pursuit of the almighty dollar."

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