If you’ve got one foot in the grave already thanks to Avandia, the feds want to give you a little shove to help finish the job.
So if you’re currently taking this deadly diabetes drug, don’t be such a sissy — go on and keep taking it.
You’ve probably heard about the tough new rules and restrictions put into place over Avandia… but you probably didn’t hear about the grandfather clause from hell: None of the new rules apply to the 600,000 Americans already taking it.
In other words, "We think Avandia is just awful. Here, have another one."
So naturally, the makers of rival drug Actos have launched an all-out ad blitz aimed at getting Avandia customers to make the switch. They have only a few months left on their patent, and plan to milk it for every diabetic penny while they still can.
But while Actos might be a "better" choice, it’s not by much — because in addition to its own links to heart risk, repeated studies have also tied it to an increased risk of bladder cancer.
The feds say data from five years into a 10-year study show that patients who take Actos the longest and those who have the highest cumulative dose have a higher risk of bladder cancer.
And that risk began at the 24-month mark, which is nothing for the diabetics who are expected to take these meds year after year, for the rest of their lives.
Naturally, the mainstream wants to wait for the rest of the study — but I don’t need five more years of data to tell you that this med is just more bad news.
In fact, it’s just more of the same.
Drugs like Actos, Avandia and anything else on the Big Pharma menu won’t cure your diabetes. They’ll just "manage" the condition long enough for you to keep taking more meds, making drug companies richer while you get sicker.
It’s not just an outrage — it’s a crime!
With 80 million Americans facing diabetes and pre-diabetes, we don’t need more risk.
We need real answers.
But I guess we’re not going to get them from Big Pharma… as usual.
And while we wait for some real answers to the blood sugar crisis, the first step to controlling the disease without drugs — or to avoiding it in the first place — is in healthy lifestyle changes.