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  • Patricia Jean
    ... The FDA ( news - web sites) now attributes 94 liver failures, 66 of them fatal, to Rezulin. A review by The Times of reports filed with the FDA found that
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 1, 2002
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      I'm always rather doubtful about drug companies claims about their meds and here's one reason why:

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      "The FDA ( news - web sites) now attributes 94 liver failures, 66 of them fatal, to Rezulin. A review by The Times of reports filed with the FDA found that Rezulin was cited by doctors and others as a suspect in 556 deaths, including but not limited to the liver failures, ..." according to the newspaper.

      "The newly acquired materials show that company management rebuffed employees who questioned liver-injury totals from clinical studies that excluded 38 percent of the cases. At the time, Warner-Lambert was assuring doctors nationwide that the drug was as safe as a placebo, the harmless pill used as a control in medical testing," the Times said.

      After the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave the drug "fast-track" approval in early 1997, scores of liver-related deaths were linked to it.

      Read entire article at

      http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=594&594&e=13&u=/nm/20020701/hl_nm/diabetes_rezulin_1

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