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Diabetes Drug Pulled Off the Market

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), on March 22, 2000 pulled the diabetes drug Rezulin off of the market. The drug was utilized by greater than 700,000 patients and been accountable for over 61 deaths. Dr. Sidney Wolfe, a critic of the FDA for being too slow, said the drug should have been removed from the marketplace sometime ago. He characterized the drug as, "one of the most dangerous drugs." The issue with the drug was toxicity towards the liver. In an interesting response, Warner Lambert, the producer of Rezulin, has voluntarily consented to stop selling the drug, however they did comment which they felt the advantages of the drug outweighed the potential risks. I am certain that is of little consolation to the families of the 61 people who died.

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