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On May 1 2006, Bristol Myers Squibb announced that it would stop making the antibiotic Tequin because it was linked to serious cases of diabetes and potentially fatal blood sugar abnormalities.

Tequin (gatifloxacin) was introduced into the pharmaceutical marketplace in 1999. By the year 2001, 3.3 million prescriptions per year had being written.

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Researchers began noticing health problems, particularly alterations in glucose metabolism. Changes in blood sugar levels can induce coma and other serious problems, including death. Tequin side effects usually began five to 10 days after patients first started taking the drug. In most cases, the Tequin side effects could be reversed when drug use stopped.

Tequin (generic: Gatifloxacin) is a popular antibiotic used to treat adults with pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus problems, uncomplicated gonorrhea, and infections of the urinary tract, kidneys, and skin. Manufactured by Bristol-Myers Squibb, Tequin has been recently linked to dangerous and potentially fatal side effects including hypergylcemia (high blood sugar), hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and diabetic ketoacidosis (severe out of control blood sugar) leading to diabetic coma, severe liver damage, and death.

By 2003, 17 Tequin deaths had occurred and prescriptions were reduced to approximately 1.7 million per year. Still, 1.7 million prescriptions is not small change. The reason for such a high number is because the Department of Veterans Affairs added the drug as its first choice antibiotic because Bristol-Myers offered the government a price of $1.35 per pill compared to $8 to $10 per pill, the price charged for Tequin and other fluoroquinolone antibiotics at pharmacies. The government also chose it because the risk of glucose abnormalities caused by gatifloxacin did not seem to be any higher than that caused by other antibiotics in the same class.

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