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Sunday, February 5, 2012

A New Pill Combines Ineffectual, Expensive, Dangerous Trajenta with Metformin

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Trajenta is now being sold in combination with metformin, in a drug called Jentadueto.

If you are newly diagnosed and have not taken metformin before, don't don't let your doctor put you on this brand new, untested, extremely expensive, ineffectual combination drug. The practice guidelines published by all the major bodies who issue such guidelines recommend starting with plain metformin, which is a cheap generic drug that is highly effective and whose safety has been proven over 50 years of prescribing,unlike these new drugs that even in the acceptance testing gave hints that they may promote cancers and pancreatitis. The FDA has mandated follow-up reporting, but the history of follow-up reporting for other dangerous drugs is that it is useless as it is voluntary and relies on doctors recognizing the connection between the drug and the patient's disease. Very few doctors know anything about the relationship of any of the DPP-4 inhibitor drugs to cancer so when a patient develops a cancer after a few years of taking one of these drugs they are very unlikely to report that cancer as a side effect of the diabetes drug.


Karen said...

Metformin has proven to be such a great drug why are they messing with whats not broken?

Teri F said...

Because Metformin is cheap and they want to find ways to make money off sick and unsuspecting diabetics. Why give a patient a drug that only costs $4 a month when you could give him one that costs $140 a month? More money for big pharma and a bigger kick back to the doctor.