METFORMIN is secure and it’s incorrect for the Well being Minister, Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete, to say the medication was dangerous to individuals with coronary heart illness, says Fiji Pharmaceutical Society president Reenal Chand.
He stated he want to reassure the general public the drug was secure to make use of. Dr Waqainabete had knowledgeable Parliament final week that folks with coronary heart points mustn’t take metformin as a result of it may trigger an enormous coronary heart assault and folks may die.
Mr Chand stated metformin was the primary line therapy for diabetic sufferers.
“These medicines are holding individuals alive and metformin has been round for many years and if there was one thing that’s alarming about this medicine, then we’d have stopped issuing it way back,” he stated.
“The society believes that metformin is a secure drug, it’s the primary line for therapy of diabetes sufferers who’ve weight points and it has been used extensively within the nation and around the globe.
“There are a whole lot of different new medicine being launched however metformin stays the primary line therapy.
“With each medicine there are dangers versus advantages so each medicine has its checklist of unintended effects and in addition to concerns that must be taken however that is one thing your physician weighs out for you.
“There are dangers related to issues however the danger needs to be negligible for it to be prescribed to you. There are particular sufferers that metformin is not going to be relevant however for most individuals it’s usually very secure to make use of.”
Mr Chand stated he was unaware of the context the minister primarily based his feedback.
“However I’m certain he made his concerns.”
Mr Chand suggested prescribed metformin sufferers to proceed taking their medicine.