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FDA panel recommends heart failure warning for Type 2 diabetes drugs


The Type 2 diabetes drugs Onglyza and Kombiglyze should carry warnings that use of the medication may cause heart failure and death, a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel warned. The recommendation is based on the expert panel’s review of a 16,000-patient study that looked at heart health among patients taking either Onglyza or Kombiglyze. Panel members voted 14-1 to recommend that the drugs’ safety labels should include information to alert patients that using the drugs could lead to an increased risk of hospitalization for heart failure and death from any cause. Despite this risk, panel members voted 13-1, ... Read More

Diabetes drug Januvia linked to heart failure hospitalizations

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An observational study published in the journal JACC Heart Failure raises alarming questions about the type 2 diabetes drug Januvia (sitagliptin) and heart failure. The study involved an analysis of insurance claims from a database of more than 7,600 patients with diabetes and heart failure. Researchers found that people who took Januvia were just as likely as people who did not use Januvia to die or be hospitalized for any reason. However, patients using the drug were more likely to be hospitalized for heart failure. Researchers say the results could impact whether Januvia is prescribed as an add-on therapy for ... Read More

Many breast cancer patients don’t seek prompt treatment for drug-related heart failure

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About 12 percent of breast cancer patients treated with chemotherapy drugs develop heart failure within three years after cancer treatment, but only a third saw a cardiologist within 90 days of the onset of symptoms, according to a new study. The research was presented at the American Cancer Society meeting in Baltimore. The study involved data from about 8,400 breast cancer patients age 65 and older who were treated either with chemotherapy drugs called anthracyclines, or a targeted therapy trastuzumab. Both drugs have been previously linked to heart problems. Researchers said that patients who saw a cardiologist were more likely ... Read More

Hospira recalls injectable heart drug due to contamination with glass particles

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Hospira is recalling another injectable drug due to the presence of visible particle matter floating in the vials, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced. This latest recall involves one lot of Dobutamine Injection, used to treat heart failure and help the heart pump blood. The recall was issued after a customer reported discolored solution in a vial of Dobutamine. Upon further review, a chip in the neck of the glass was identified as well as glass particulate within the solution. To date, no adverse events have been linked to this recall. If the solution with particulate is injected ... Read More

Fictional Dr. House character helps solve real-life medical mystery

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Doctors were stumped by the symptoms exhibited by the 55-year-old man with severe heart failure. He had fever, swollen lymph nodes, hearing and vision loss when he arrived at the Center for Undiagnosed Diseases in Marburg, Germany. He also had a metal hip implant that replaced a previous ceramic one. The team of German doctors was no stranger to medical mysteries. They use a variety of resources to help pinpoint difficult-to-diagnose conditions. For this case, doctors recalled an episode of the then-recently-ended Fox TV series, House, a show in which the fictional character Dr. Gregory House solves some of the ... Read More

FDA opens investigation into heart failure risk with diabetes drugs Onglyza, Kombiglyze


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has opened an investigation into the safety of the type 2 diabetes drug saxagliptin after a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), reported an increased rate of hospitalizations for heart failure in patients taking the drug. Heart failure occurs when the heart does not efficiently pump blood throughout the body. It can lead to more serious and life threatening problems. Saxagliptin is sold in the United States under the brand names Onglyza and Kombiglyze XR. Patients currently taking saxagliptin should talk with their health care providers about any questions ... Read More

Ariad Pharmaceuticals adds serious blood clot, heart failure risks to label of leukemia drug

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Ariad Pharmaceuticals is re-launching its leukemia drug Iclusig (ponatinib) with new warnings about potential blood clots and the risk of heart failure. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ceased sales and promotion of the drug until the drug company addressed safety concerns including the danger of life-threatening blood clots associated with the medication. Iclusig is a treatment for two rare types of leukemia, chronic myeloid leukemia and acute myeloid leukemia. About 5,000 people are diagnosed with the chronic variety of the disease each year. Iclusig was approved by the FDA in late 2012 under the condition that it carry a ... Read More

Testosterone treatment linked to increased risk of heart attacks, strokes, death


Aggressive marketing campaigns by drug companies peddling testosterone treatments has resulted in an increasing number of men asking their doctors if they are a candidate for testosterone therapy. Low levels of testosterone, or “Low T” as the drug companies have dubbed it, can be blamed for a variety of symptoms from fatigue and low libido to muscle weakness and weight gain. But testosterone supplementation may not be the wonder therapy marketers are claiming it to be. Recent studies show that men who take the drugs are 30 percent more likely to have a heart attack, stroke, or die during a ... Read More

Diabetes drugs may not increase heart problems but could pose cancer risk

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Studies involving different type 2 diabetes drugs show no evidence that the medications cause heart attacks and strokes, however they do not improve cardiovascular outcomes in patients either. Some medications also pose cancer risks. The first study compared the drug saxagliptin, marketed in the United States as Onglyza, with a placebo in patients who had type 2 diabetes and were considered at high risk for a cardiovascular event. Another study pitted the drug alogliptin, marketed as Nesina, against placebo. Researchers recorded incidences of cardiovascular death, heart attack or ischemic stroke as well as hospitalizations for unstable angina, coronary revascularization or ... Read More

Some type 2 diabetes medications linked to increased risk of heart failure

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New studies suggest two type 2 diabetes drugs do not increase the risk of heart attack, but may increase the risk of heart failure. A heart attack occurs when blood flow to part of the heart is blocked for a long enough time to cause damage or death to part of the heart muscle. Heart failure is a condition in which the heart cannot pump enough blood to the rest of the body. Both conditions can be deadly. Cardiovascular risks with diabetes medications have made headlines in recent years since the blockbuster diabetes drug Avandia was linked to fatal heart ... Read More