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Quick Hits: Invokana and Amputations, Nonprescription Ritalin Side Effects, & a Postmarket Studies Lag

May 18, 2017
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Patients Taking Invokana Have an Increased Risk of Leg and Foot Amputations The FDA reports that the type 2 diabetes medicine Invokana (canagliflozin) causes an increased risk of leg and foot amputations. Two large clinical trials showed that leg and foot amputations occurred about twice as often in patients treated Continue Reading →

Aggressive Diabetes Treatment May Harm Some Patients

June 8, 2016
Aggressive Diabetes Treatment May Harm Some Patients

Many people who have diabetes, particularly seniors, are so aggressively treated for the condition with many drugs that it may be putting them at risk for dangerously low blood sugar levels.

Researchers examined data on more than 31,000 adults with type 2 diabetes. About 20% of those studied were considered Continue Reading →

Quick Hits: FDA Approves New Drug for MS, Diabetes & More

June 2, 2016
Quick Hits: Drug Interactions With Emergency Contraceptives, Liquid Medicine Dosing Errors, & More

Zinbryta (daclizumab), a monthly self-administered injection that aids in the treatment of relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis, has been approved by the FDA. Due to Zinbryta’s serious side effects including liver injury and immune conditions, it is recommended that the drug only be used in patients who have had a Continue Reading →

Quick Hits: Amputation Risk With Diabetes Med, & More

May 19, 2016
Quick Hits: Drug Interactions With Emergency Contraceptives, Liquid Medicine Dosing Errors, & More

People taking the diabetes medication Invokana may be at risk for leg and foot amputations. The FDA is alerting the public about interim safety results from an ongoing clinical trial that found an increase in the amputations, mostly affecting the toes, in patients taking Invokana (canagliflozin). The FDA has not Continue Reading →

Losing just 1 gram of fat in the pancreas can reverse type 2 diabetes

December 10, 2015

Losing a single gram of fat could be enough to reverse the symptoms of type 2 diabetes  – as long as that fat comes from the pancreas, researchers in the UK have shown. The study followed 18 obese participants with type 2 diabetes both before and after gastric bypass surgery. Continue Reading →

Blood Thinner, Certain Diabetes Drugs Are a Bad Combo

December 10, 2015

Taking the blood thinner warfarin at the same time as certain diabetes drugs increases the risk of hospitalization, a study from the University of Southern California warns. Researchers analyzed data from nearly 466,000 Medicare patients. They found that those who took warfarin along with the diabetes drugs glipizide or glimepiride Continue Reading →

New Diabetes Cases Dropping for First Time

December 2, 2015

Over the past 7 years, the number of new diabetes cases reported has dropped, and by a substantial number.

According to the NYTimes, “The rate of new cases fell by about a fifth from 2008 to 2014, according to researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Continue Reading →