FDA to pull diabetes drug Avandia from pharmacy shelves
NEW YORK (WABC) — The FDA has put another roadblock in the use of the diabetes drug, Avandia. The once widely used drug will now have some very strict limitations on its use.
Five years ago Avandia was one of the most popular diabetes drugs in use with over a million Americans taking it to control their Type 2 diabetes. Nowadays, maybe a tenth of that number still uses it, and that number is likely to drop because of new actions from the Food and Drug Administration to limit its access.
After November, Avandia will no longer be available at local pharmacies. Patients who have a prescription for it will have to get it by mail-order from specially approved pharmacies.