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Diabetes Drug: Avandia Worth The Risks?

(CNN) -  A decade after critics first accused the Food and Drug Administration of downplaying side effects from Avandia, the agency says it will reveal on Friday the data it is reviewing ahead of an advisory panel meeting about the safety of the popular diabetes drug.

The meeting, scheduled for July 13 and 14, comes on the heels of two new studies suggesting that Avandia may cause serious or even life-threatening heart problems -- and a third study that seems to show just the opposite.

When the gavel comes down at the end, it could bring down the curtain on the troubled 11-year run of one of the pharmaceutical industry's biggest hits. Along the way, Avandia has left a trail of admirers who see it as revolutionizing diabetes care, along with critics who say the company oversold benefits while misleading patients and doctors about serious side effects.

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