Over the past several weeks, additional information regarding the cardiovascular safety of rosiglitazone has been reported. As with previous reports, some analyses have suggested a possible increase in risk while others have not provided evidence of increased risk with this drug. The purpose of the advisory panel is to review this and other available information and make a decision on whether rosiglitazone should remain on the market and whether a study (TIDE) using the drug should be continued,
Patients should continue taking all currently prescribed medications unless instructed otherwise by their health care provider. Stopping diabetes medications can result in higher levels of blood glucose that may cause serious short term health problems and could increase the risk of diabetes-related complications in the long term.
Additionally, patients and health care professionals should be aware that multiple classes of drugs, often with more than one agent per class, are available to maintain glucose control in patients with type 2 diabetes. Until further clarification is provided by the FDA, the decision whether or not to use any medication must remain that of the treating provider in direct discussion with the individual patient.
Following any decision from the FDA, AACE, American Diabetes Association and The Endocrine Society will provide detailed information interpreting any FDA action for both health care professionals and patients with diabetes.
- Additional review of Avandia (Rosiglitazone) related safety information is planned for July 13-14 by the FDA Advisory Committee.
- Diabetes patients should continue taking all currently prescribed medications unless specifically instructed otherwise by their health care providers.
- Regardless of the opinion and decisions on rosiglitazone, patients should be aware that there are numerous drugs available to maintain glucose control in people with type 2 diabetes. Patients should discuss these options with their health care providers.
The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to stop diabetes and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit www.diabetes.org. Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.