About Careers Internship MedBlog Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Canada Probes Link Between Cancer And Diabetes Drug

by VR Sreeraman on July 10, 2009 at 2:50 PM
Font : A-A+

 Canada Probes Link Between Cancer And Diabetes Drug

The Canadian Health Ministry announced a review into whether diabetes drug Lantus, one of the most widely sold drugs worldwide by pharmaceutical giant Sanofi-Aventis, increases the risk of cancer.

"Health Canada is informing Canadians of an ongoing safety review of the potential association between the diabetes drug Lantus (insulin glargine) and an increased risk of developing cancer," the ministry said in a statement.

Advertisement

Similar reviews have already been launched by the US Food and Drug Administration and the European Medicines Agency after four studies examining the relationship between the drug and cancer incidence were published.

Three of the studies reported that the synthetic insulin, used to control blood sugar in people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, was associated with a slightly higher risk of cancer, but the fourth study found no relationship.
Advertisement

"In all studies, the number of patients who developed cancer was small," the Canadian Health Ministry noted.

Lantus is a long-acting synthetic insulin that has been marketed in Canada by Sanofi-Aventis, a French drugmaker, since February 2005.

The ministry cautioned diabetics against stopping treatment with Lantus, noting the dangers posed by uncontrolled blood sugar.

"Patients should contact their healthcare professional if they have any concerns about the medicines they are taking," it said.

Source: AFP
LIN
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
What's New on Medindia
Alarming Cesarean Section Trends in India - Convenience or Compulsion of Corporate Healthcare
Quiz on Low-Calorie Diet for Diabetes
World Heart Day in 2022- Use Heart for Every Heart
View all
Recommended Reading
News Archive
Date
Category
Advertisement
News Category

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Diabetic Retinopathy Drug Toxicity Diabetes Diabetic Diet Diabetes - Essentials Cancer and Homeopathy Diabetes - Self-Monitoring of Blood Glucose (SMBG) Insulin Delivery Devices Diabetes and Exercise Signature Drug Toxicity 

Most Popular on Medindia

Loram (2 mg) (Lorazepam) Noscaphene (Noscapine) Turmeric Powder - Health Benefits, Uses & Side Effects A-Z Drug Brands in India Daily Calorie Requirements Blood Pressure Calculator Blood - Sugar Chart Sinopril (2mg) (Lacidipine) The Essence of Yoga Selfie Addiction Calculator
This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use
×

Canada Probes Link Between Cancer And Diabetes Drug Personalised Printable Document (PDF)

Please complete this form and we'll send you a personalised information that is requested

You may use this for your own reference or forward it to your friends.

Please use the information prudently. If you are not a medical doctor please remember to consult your healthcare provider as this information is not a substitute for professional advice.

Name *

Email Address *

Country *

Areas of Interests