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Controversial diabetes med stays on the market

(WFLX) - Federal health regulators will allow Glaxo-Smith-Kline to continue selling a controversial diabetes pill, but will restrict access to the once-blockbuster drug because of heart attack risks.

The Food and Drug Administration says new patients will get a prescription for Avandia only if they can't control their diabetes with other medications.

The FDA's decision marks the second time in three years the agency has decided to leave Avandia on the market, despite mounting pressure to recall the drug from outside medical experts, politicians and some of its own scientists.

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