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In writing THE TRIAL, I fictionalized findings on several real life drugs. One was Avandia. Late last summer the FDA finally conceded that it may have led to heart attacks in 40,000 plus diabetics. Just today I received an alert from the FDA: AVANDIA is now believed to have caused over 83,000 heart attacks from 1999 to 2007. And remember that Avandia stayed on the market through the fall of 2011 when the FDA permitted GlaxoSmithKline to keep it on the market, but with a “black box” warning. The United States is the only country in the world where drug regulators allowed GSK to keep it on the market. Note that the quoted statistics are only through 2007. I presume the heart attacks for the last four years are still being counted.