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Monthly Archives: September 2010

The FDA makes its decision on Avandia

TweetOn September 23, 2010, the FDA made its decision on  what to do about the antidiabetic drug rosiglitazone (GlaxoSmithKline’s [GSK’s] Avandia), based largely on the July 15, 2010 recommendations of the agency’s Endocrinologic and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee. That committee had voted to keep Avandia on the market with some new restrictions, because of cardiovascular…

Preregistration antiobesity drugs: two down, one to go

TweetAs we stated in our August 4, 2010 blog post, 2010 was supposed to be the year in which one or more new obesity drugs would be approved by the FDA and reach the market. Three new drugs developed by small California companies–Vivus Pharmaceuticals’ Qnexa, Orexigen Therapeutics’ Contrave, and Arena Therapeutics’ lorcaserin, were up for…

How might the pharmaceutical/biotechnology industry develop better insulin sensitizers?

TweetThis is part 3 of a three-part series on insulin sensitizers for treatment of type 2 diabetes. In part 1 of the series (posted August 23, 2010), we focused on safety issues with the two marketed thiazolidinedione (TZD) peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPARγ) agonists–rosiglitazone and pioglitazone (Takeda’s Actos). Both of these insulin sensitizing, antidiabetic agents…