Campus News

Something smells fishy

A report released by faculty members at UGA and the Medical College of Georgia was covered in the New York Times, U.S. News and World Report, BusinessWeek, The Wall Street Journal and ABC News. The report is an attempt to raise awareness about the reported fishy smell of the type 2 diabetes drug metformin.

“Metformin is an excellent drug, but the immediate-release formulation may have an odor to it,” said J. Russell May, a clinical professor in UGA’s College of Pharmacy and a clinical pharmacy specialist in MCG’s department of pharmacy. “The smell is fishy or like the inside of an inner tube, and in a patient’s mind, because it smells like something that has gone bad, they may not think the drug is good.”