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Study Compares Risk With Two Diabetes Drugs
Date:8/24/2010

tudy, and recommended that rosiglitazone remain on the market, although with additional warnings or restrictions. The FDA has not yet ruled on this latest recommendation.

"Besides its findings that rosiglitazone and pioglitazone have comparable risks, what distinguishes this latest study from other claims-based analyses is its analysis of death records, which include out-of-hospital deaths," Wertz said. The study also followed patients for a longer period of time than some of the earlier research, according to the investigators.

"One of the reasons we embarked on this analysis was to see if there were any differences in effect that we could identify between these two agents," said Mark J. Cziraky, Pharm.D., study co-author, and vice president of research development and operations at HealthCore. "We did not find that with the approach and methods we took within this population."

Other co-authors are Chun-Lan Chang, Ph.D.; Chaitanya A Sarawate, M.S.; Vincent J. Willey, Pharm.D.; and Rhonda L. Bohn, M.P.H., Sc.D.

Author disclosures are on the manuscript. WellPoint, Inc. funded this research.

An accompanying editorial, "Improving Surveillance for Drug Safety: Lessons from Rosiglitazone," by Frederick A Masoudi, M.D., M.S.P.H., is available.Statements and conclusions of study authors published in American Heart Association scientific journals are solely those of the study authors and do not necessarily reflect the association's policy or position. The association makes no representation or guarantee as to their accuracy or reliability. The association receives funding primarily from individuals; foundations and corporations (including pharmaceutical, device manufacturers and other companies) also make donations and fund specific association programs and events. The association has strict policies to prevent these relationships from influencing the science content. Revenues from pharmaceutical and device corporations are available at
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