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Despite FDA Warning, Avandia Use Varies Across U.S.
Date:11/18/2010

ld want," he said. "But, for the majority of physicians there was clearly a change in the way they prescribe."

With the new restrictions the FDA has placed on Avandia, Meneghini believes that very few doctors will be prescribing the drug anymore.

Meneghini added that the FDA is pretty good at getting warning information out to doctors. "Whether the warning is heeded depends on the availability of the drug, the importance of the drug and patient desires," he said.

Also, many doctors stopped prescribing Avandia when the warning came out due to fear of liability, Meneghini said. "That drove a lot of the decisions," he said.

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For more on Avandia, visit the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

SOURCES: Nilay D. Shah, Ph.D., assistant professor of Health Services Research, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.; Luigi Meneghini, M.D., professor and director of clinical operations, division of endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine; Nov. 17, 2010, New England Journal of Medicine


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