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Most likely, if you are on a diabetes medication, you were recommended a particular drug by your doctor. The doctor most likely got his information (and possibly his motivation) from a pharmaceutical off-label marketing scheme. Read full story here.

Despite the warnings, the FDA committee went ahead and approved the drug on grounds that the benefits outweighed the risks. Since then, Invokana has been implicated in serious – and sometimes fatal – ketoacidosis (high blood acidity) as well as kidney failure, heart attacks and even osteoporosis. The latter was discovered over the course of a two-year study showing significant bone density loss among geriatric patients taking Invokana.

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