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9w60x0Four Reasons Why Women With Heart Disease Are Less Likely To Be Prescribed Statins Than Men:

You’ve probably heard that the U.S. death rate from heart disease has been falling for years. In fact, it’s dropped every year since 1980, except for a slight increase in 1993, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But did you know that women have not experienced as great a decline in heart disease deaths as men? As a result, heart disease has killed more women than men in the United States since 1984, says Dr. Alexander Turchin, an endocrinology physician and researcher at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital: Read more


FRANCE-HEALTH-CARDIOLOGY-HOSPITALSCould this widely used calculator be needlessly driving people to take statins?

The Claim: The most influential calculator of the risk of having a heart attack or stroke overestimates the likelihood of those events by 500 percent or more. More than 7,000 people access the online tool every day, according to the American College of Cardiology. And physicians use it routinely in their offices to identify people who should be prescribed cholesterol-lowering statins. That suggests many people have been needlessly prescribed the drugs: Read more


cholesterol-drugsWhy so few patients get the new cholesterol busters:

When a powerful pair of cholesterol-lowering drugs first hit the market last summer, initial excitement in the medical community quickly turned to panic. The new drugs promised to reduce artery-clogging cholesterol by nearly twice as much as older ones. But they came at an eye-popping price: more than $14,000 per year, compared with roughly $150 for the standard drugs: Read more


960x0More People Should Consider Cholesterol Pills, Study Says:

A new, 12,000-person study backs wider use of powerful cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins in relatively healthy people, but does not provide similar evidence for blood pressure pills. The results cement the widely held position that statins are the front-line medicine when it comes to reducing cardiovascular risk. But the study also showed the pills can have side effects including muscle pain and, possibly, a slight increase in the risk of cataracts: Read more


fda-logo_1FDA approves first generic Crestor:

“The FDA is working hard to get first-time generic drugs approved as quickly as possible so patients can have increased access to needed treatments,” said Kathleen Uhl, M.D., director of the Office of Generic Drugs in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “The FDA requires that generic drugs meet rigorous scientific and quality standards.” Generic drugs approved by the FDA have the same quality and strength as brand-name drugs. Generic drug manufacturing and packaging sites must pass the same quality standards as those of brand-name drugs: Read more