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Health Canada restricts Avandia use

November 20, 2010 1:27 AM UTC

Health Canada restricted use of Avandia rosiglitazone from GlaxoSmithKline plc (LSE:GSK; NYSE:GSK) after a review of data that suggested an increased risk of cardiovascular events associated with the diabetes drug. Avandia will now only be available for patients in Canada when all other oral drugs have failed to produce glycemic control, or are not appropriate. In September, FDA significantly restricted the use of Avandia, and EMA suspended the drug's marketing authorization due to cardiovascular safety concerns. ...