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Maker of Diabetes Drug Avandia Convicted of Fraud

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Maker of Diabetes Drug Avandia Convicted of Fraud

Glaxo Smith Kline, maker of diabetes drug Avandia, has just been convicted of fraud and fined $3 billion dollars. They have admitted that they did not accurately report safety data to the FDA.

Does that sound like a lot of money to you? Well, GSK doesn’t seem worried about it at all. According to BBC News, they’ve issued a statement saying they’d pay the fines out of “existing cash resources.”

What this tells me is that the profits from the sales of Avandia have been so enormous that the company calculated it was better off paying a three billion dollar fine than doing the right thing.

All the more reason to take control of your Type 2 diabetes yourself and not rely on big pharma.

The organization Drugwatch.com says this about controlling your Type 2 diabetes:

“Remember the first thing your doctor told you when you were diagnosed with diabetes? Start exercising, and eat healthy.

“It was true then, and it’s true now. But it’s hard to change our habits once we’ve formed them, even if we know that eating foods that are high in fiber and low in fat really will do us a world of good.

“Why not start today and work toward healthy eating? The benefits are better than ever. A study in Diabetologia from 2011 found that people who committed to a 600-calorie-a-day diet could improve the function of their liver and pancreas and eventually reverse their diabetes.

“You should consult your doctor before attempting such a diet, but it’s encouraging to know that the food you eat can make such a big difference.

“Follow the same nutritional tips that have always worked. Seek out fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Avoid potatoes, white bread and other foods high on the glycemic index. Choose food that is high in soluble fiber; it will help slow your digestion of sugars.

“As your diet improves and fat melts away from your liver and pancreas, your body should become more sensitive to insulin and your pancreas should produce more insulin.

“You may even get to stop taking diabetes medication. (Talk to your doctor first, of course.)

“Diabetes medication can be very effective at helping patients control their blood sugar, but you’ll want to be aware of the dangerous side effects that come with some of them.

“Actos (pioglitazone) is the most popular type 2 diabetes drug in the world, but it’s also among the most dangerous.

“It has been linked to eye disease, bone fractures, heart failure — and even Actos bladder cancer. Thousands of patients have filed Actos Lawsuits after suffering from the medication.

Avandia has serious cardiovascular side effects and potentially life-threatening complications. More than 13,000 lawsuits have been filed against it.

“Together with your doctor, you can find a diet, exercise program and medication that are right for you. You’re on the path to healthy living.”

— William Richards

William Richards is a writer for Drugwatch.com. He uses his journalism background to investigate dangerous drugs and promote consumer awareness to better the community.

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