Glucagon-like Peptide 1-Based Drugs and Pancreatic Safety Reply

Department of Medicine and the Center for Public Health and Human Rights, Johns Hopkins University Schools of Medicine and Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland.
JAMA Internal Medicine (Impact Factor: 13.12). 10/2013; 173(19):1843-4. DOI: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.8128
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