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The drugmaker, Servier, which has carried out its own tests, said the results were an "extrapolation."
"The Servier Research Group underscores that these figures are hypotheses founded on extrapolations," the drugmaker said in a statement
Heart valve problems naturally affect some 2.5 percent of the population, a figure that increases with age and the presence of diabetes, Servier said. It argued that the test does not allow one to blame all valve problems on the medication.
Servier, however, counseled patients to discuss the issue with their doctors as "a precaution."
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