Cholesterol Pills: New Is Not Always Better

Getting a new car or camera model is often equated to pills as well…that the newer version is an improvement over the old. But experience has taught doctors that this is not necessarily true..especially when it comes to medications.

The anti-cholesterol pill Crestor..not better than the older ones

While drug pharmas may go to town extolling the virtues of their new drug releases (which they claim to have undergone extensive research and FDA-approved), it is easy for doctors and the public to be swayed by these promises and switch to the new. Some doctors know this can sometimes backfire. For instance, newer meds have a shorter track record of usage, sometimes not enough for side-effects to appear which  escaped scrutiny during the drug trial period. After prolonged use, previously-undetected side-effects can surface which may even lead to eventual withdrawal of the drug from the market.

The Orlando Convention Center- where the ongoing AHA Meeting is held,Orlando,Florida.

A case in point: at the ongoing American Heart Association (AHA) meeting in Orlando, Florida, November 2011, it was revealed that a popular anti-cholesterol medication Crestor  was not significantly better than the older more popular Lipitor that it intended to replace, in terms of reversing cholesterol blockages in arteries.

For the makers of Crestor, AstraZeneca, this is a double-blow: it had sponsored the clinical trial to demonstrate its superiority over its rival(the SATURN trial). Now that this failed to materialise, it is going to find it tougher to market its drug once its rival loses its patent rights this month.(This means bona fide pharmas can produce non-branded versions, aka generic types, which are considerably cheaper.)

This is of course good news to consumers who now can buy generic Lipitor, at a fraction of the price before, knowing full well that they will not lose benefits extolled by the newer ones. My take-home message though, is that none of the pills are going to work well if one does not incorporate it with change in life-style habits..

2 responses

  1. […] post: Cholesterol Pills: New Is Not Always Better « Doctor2008′s Weblog Tulisan ini dipublikasikan di Healthy dan tag actually-you, and-strokes, camera-model, […]

  2. This is a costly game conducted by the big pharmas whose ultimate aim is to please the shareholders with big profits!
    To me, the best treatment costs nothing and can save some…adopting a healthy lifestyle.

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