Diabetes drug Avandia to be pulled from retail shelves

The diabetes drug Avandia will be pulled from retail pharmacy shelves in November because it poses such a big heart attack risk, the federal government announced Tuesday. When the new program goes into effect on Nov. 18, only certified doctors will be allowed to prescribe the drug, and only to patients who’ve been informed of the risks and who will fill their prescriptions by mail order through specific pharmacies.

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