health care doc and symbol FDA Debates Safety Of AvandiaFDA hearings begin today over whether the diabetes medication Avandia raises the risk of heart attacks.

Avandia is a drug used by diabetics to lower blood glucose levels and is very effective in that capacity, but there’s increasing evidence that it also raises the chances of heart disease.

Dr Shukre David of St. John Providence says other drugs can be just as effective. He says he wouldn’t advise the use of Avandia.

The maker of the drug, GlaxoSmithKline, says they’ve had six different research projects and found Avandia was safe to use.

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