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Sanofi-Aventis's Lantus insulin linked to cancer risk in studies

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Sanofi-Aventis's long-acting (once-daily) insulin analogue Lantus (insulin glargine), one of its best-selling drugs, has been linked to an increased risk of cancer compared with human insulin in analysis of data from patient registries in several European countries, and while the data is inconclusive, there is a case to answer experts said. They added that Lantus was not shown to be more effective than human insulin in achieving glucose control in type 2 diabetics.

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