As Katie Thomas and Michael S. Schmidt report for the New York Times, GSK must pay $3 billion for criminal health care fraud related to illegal promotion of drugs (Paxil and Wellbutrin) and failure to report safety information about another drug (Avandia).
Actos is an extremely popular drug used in the treatment of diabetes. But as Anahad O'Connor reports for the New York Times, the largest study of its kind regarding loss of vision indicates that both Actos and Avandia can cause retina swelling.
In a story written up by the Associated Press and published on Opposing Views, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) will soon consider whether or not to classify some pharmaceutical drugs as over-the-counter medications.
At the moment, the FDA is warning doctors to weigh the risks of prescribing the diabetes drug Actos for patients who are being treated for bladder cancer or who have a history of bladder cancer, raising a red flag that Actos may be a dangerous drug.