Diabetes drug still available despite suspension advice
A type two diabetes drug is still being prescribed in the UK two months after it was recommended for withdrawal, BBC Panorama learns.Read more about Panorama's findings
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A US diabetes sufferer who had a heart attack believes it could have been caused by taking Avandia, until recently one of the UK's best-selling diabetes drugs.
Charlene Young, of Maryland told Panorama reporter Shelley Jofre she thought she was "doing everything right" to keep her illness in check.
Drug manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) strongly refutes any allegation that its actions have put patients at risk. It says that Avandia is safe and effective when it is prescribed appropriately.
Ahead of Panorama's film on the diabetes drug industry, we look back at a report from 1958 on the spiralling costs of drugs prescribed by NHS doctors and whether the bill could be reduced using cheaper non-brand alternatives.
This is an abridged version of Panorama film originally broadcast on 17 March 1958.
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