AstraZeneca’s Farxiga Label Includes, But Downplays, Bladder Cancer Risk
AstraZeneca’s SGLT-2 inhibitor Farxiga (dapagliflozin) finally clears FDA, and without a black box warning on bladder cancer risk – allowing the drug to compete with J&J’s first-to-market Invokana.
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