Reports of Heart Failure Lead to FDA Probe into AstraZeneca Diabetes Drugs
On Tuesday, February 11th, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that they would review claims that AstraZeneca diabetes drug saxagliptin (Onglyza and Kombiglyze XR name brands) after reports that the drug can lead to heart disease or failure.
The agency has requested clinical trial data after the New England Journal of Medicine published a report in September that showed a small increase in hospitalizations for heart failure among patients taking saxagliptin.
The report was backed by AstraZeneca and Bristol-Myers Squibb Co, the company helping AstraZeneca develop saxagliptin before AstraZeneca bought all the rights to the drug on February 3rd.
The FDA noted that it considered the report in NEJM to be preliminary, and said that doctors could continue to prescribe Onglyza to patients with diabetes.
The FDA said that the review of AstraZeneca’s saxagliptin is part of a larger review of heart complications related to Type 2 diabetes medications. Heart problems have been a concern for several years with drugs developed to treat Type 2 diabetes. Both Actos – manufactured by Takeda Pharmaceuticals – and Avandia – produced by GlaxoSmithKline – have come under fire for their close link to heart problems in patients taking the prescription medications for over two years.
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