More Drugs to Fight Diabetes Are On the Way
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NPR's Business News starts with the high cost of treating diabetes.
A new study shows one out of every eight federal health care dollars is spent treating people with diabetes. In 2005, Americans spend almost $10 billion on diabetes drugs. And that's big business. It is supposed to increase over the next two years.
Later this week in Chicago, drug companies will release new diabetes drugs that they hope will fuel the spending surge. Older diabetes drugs, Avandia and Actos, have come under fire for potentially raising the risk of heart attacks.
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