Avandia to be Removed from the Market

After years of complaints about the dangers of Avandia, the FDA has decided to remove it from the marketplace, except in special circumstances beginning in November 2011. Avandia use has been associated with increased risk for heart attacks and other cardiovascular problems.
The FDA decision is widely viewed as a compromise position between doing nothing and removing the diabetes altogether. Avandia will remain available for those who’ve shown a demonstrable benefit from use of the drug.
First introduced in 1998, Avandia came under increased scrutiny after a 2007 New England Journal of Medicine highlighted the potential dangers of the drug.