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Diabetic drug is often prescribed inappropriately, researchers say

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 25 May 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1236
  1. David Spurgeon
  1. Quebec

    Metformin, the most commonly prescribed branded diabetes drug in the United States, may often be inappropriately prescribed for patients with type II diabetes who have renal dysfunction and congestive heart failure, where it has been associated with lactic acidosis causing death.

    This is the finding of a group of pharmacists and public health doctors, which they report in a research letter to the editor of JAMA (2002;287:2504-5).

    They did a retrospective review of randomly selected charts of patients receiving metformin (Glucophage) through the outpatient pharmacy at …

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