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J&J diabetes pill may cause heart risk, FDA staff says

Jan. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Johnson & Johnson’s experimental diabetes drug canagliflozin may have heart risks, U.S. regulators said.

Studies for the drug, which J&J has proposed calling Invokana for adults with Type 2 diabetes, showed higher risk of cardiovascular events in the first 30 days in those taking the pill, Food and Drug Administration staff said today in a report ahead of a Jan. 10 meeting of advisers.

The once-a-day-pill, which expels sugar in the urine after it’s filtered out of the blood by the kidneys, is J&J’s effort to be the first to market with a new class of diabetes treatments known as SGLT2 inhibitors.

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