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Concern about diabetes drug Avandia

Members of the U.S. Senate want to know why the FDA allowed a pharmaceutical company to continue selling a diabetes drug that causes heart attacks.

Senator Max Baucus and Iowa Republican Senator Charles Grassely released a report claiming that GlaxoSmithKline knew of possible cardiac risks linked to its diabetes drug Avandia.

The report claims the FDA allowed the company to continue its clinical run of Avandia after the drug had already caused an estimated 83-thousand heart attacks.

Officials with GlaxoSmithKline maintain that Avandia is safe.

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