Avandia

  1. Actos risks highlighted in lawsuit over diabetes drug

    When the diabetes drug Avandia was pulled from the market due to its heart risk, docs rushed to switch their patients over to the supposedly safer rival drug Actos.

    I say "supposedly" because I didn't buy it myself. There are just too many studies out there that show Actos to be every bit as bad as Avandia, if not worse.

    Now, a new lawsuit shows what I feared -- that docs who switched their patients from one to the other may have been sending them out of the frying pan and into the fryer.

    Dr. Helen Ge, a former safety consultant and medical reviewer for Takeda Pharmaceuticals -- maker of Actos -- alleges that the company routinely downgraded her assessments of congestive heart failure linked to the drug from "serious" to "non-serious."

    As a result, she says hundreds of cases of congestive heart failure were incorrectly reported.

    The semantics game didn't end there. Dr. Ge says her supervisors ordered her to change cases she had determined were related to the drug to "unrelated."

    So we go from serious and related events… to non-serious and unrelated ones. And yes, that makes a huge difference in how the government treats that information.

    That's assuming they even get the information at all. In addition to all that other monkey business, Dr. Ge says a company database lists 100 cases of bladder cancer linked to Actos -- but only 72 were reported to the FDS.

    The company denies all this, of course. And Ge's lawsuit, if it succeeds, has the potential to make her very wealthy.

    But this is more than just the case of a disgruntled employee, because the research shows that Actos isn't nearly as safe as you've been led to believe.

    Back in 2010, a major study in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes found that roughly the same number of Avandia and Actos patients died of heart attack, heart failure, and death -- four percent in all.

    In addition, several studies have found a link between Actos and bladder cancer -- especially in patients who take the highest doses for the longest periods.

    Ultimately, a jury will decide if the company has been lying or telling the truth. But the jury was out a long time ago on a much bigger issue: Diabetes drugs are not safe -- and if you're on them, work with your own doctor to find your way off.

  2. Same old drug, same old risks

    Diabetics, you've been lied to.

    The mainstream wants you to believe that you've got no choice but to spend the rest of your life on dangerous drugs to "manage" your condition.

    Nonsense.

    There's another way, and I'll tell you all about it in a moment.

    But first, let's look at the latest bad news for anyone who was duped into taking Avandia--because a new study confirms just about all of the horrific risks you've been hearing about.

    Researchers examined data on 810,000 users of either Avandia or Actos who took part in one of 16 clinical trials, and found that Avandia users faced a 16 percent higher risk of heart attack, a 23 percent rise in the odds of congestive heart failure, and a 14 percent increase in death when compared to those who took Actos.

    The researchers behind the study in BMJ called it a "modest but statistically significant increase" in heart risk... but if it's "modest," there's a reason for that.

    It's the Actos.

    It's not a safe drug... it's merely safer than Avandia, and even that's debatable.

    Studies have found the Actos users may face heart risks of their own--while women who take it also face a higher risk of bone fractures.

    And some researchers have even linked it to a rise in bladder cancer risk.

    But you don't have to switch from one bad drug to another--because there's another option on the table... and that's no drugs at all.

    Ready to get started? All you need to do is forget everything you've heard from the mainstream, including the American Diabetes Association.

    The ADA has been pushing the same high-carb diet that caused your disease in the first place--and if you follow it, your diabetes will only get worse... and you'll end up taking even MORE of the dangerous drugs you're trying to avoid.

    But if you're ready to commit to a low-carb, sugar-free lifestyle, you could have your diabetes so well managed that you might even forget you have it.

    Many people who try it find they need fewer drugs--and plenty have reached the point where they no longer need drugs or insulin at all.

    In addition to ditching the carbs, work in some steady daily movement and be sure to get the nutrients that can help control your blood sugar the right way-- including cinnamon and chromium.

    The ADA wants you to pick a new drug--but all you really need is a better lifestyle.

    Give it a shot.

  3. Desperately seeking Avandia patients

    If you're taking Avandia, you're the belle of the Big Pharma ball right now.

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