March 18, 2010
According to HealthDay News, the Food and Drug Administration approved a drug to treat diabetes, despite the risk for drug injuries such as cancer.
In animal studies, the drug showed the risk for drug injuries such as a rare thyroid cancer. However, the drug, which is to be used with diet and exercise to control blood sugar, was approved by the FDA.
The FDA maintains that the relevance of the animal studies to people is unknown and that some untreated animals in the study developed the cancer, so the conditions were not a result of drug injuries.
Victoza also has a risk for drug injuries such as nausea and vomiting, and it carries a slightly increased risk for pancreatitis. Texas patients taking the drug could experience Texas drug injuries such as these.