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J&J Clears U.S. Advisers in Bid for New Diabetes Drugs

Johnson & Johnson, the world’s largest seller of health-care products, won the backing of U.S. advisers for a diabetes pill the company is seeking to make the first in a new family of drugs for managing blood sugar.

J&J submitted sufficient evidence that the drug canagliflozin is safe and effective, the panel of advisers to the Food and Drug Administration determined today in a 10-5 vote. The panel also voted 8-7 that the New Brunswick, New Jersey-based company’s pill raises concern about heart risks.