Healthbeat’s view of the imperial expansionism of Crestor

Yes, I know I have posted much on Crestor for healthy people and women however, Maggie Mahar, has much to say and her links to previous stories on statins are highly recommended.

From Maggie Mahar at Healthbeat:

I loved the lead to a story that ran in the New York Times yesterday:

“With the government’s blessing, a drug giant is about to expand the market for its blockbuster cholesterol medication, Crestor, to a new category of customers: as a preventive measure for millions of people who do not have cholesterol problems.

“Some medical experts question whether this is a healthy move.”

It is such a rare pleasure to run into intentional understatement in the mainstream media.  Kudos to NYT reporter Duff Wilson for not only recognizing irony, but managing to incorporate it into the lead of a NYT story.

The article goes on to point out that cholesterol-lowering drugs, known as statins, “may not be as safe as doctors previously thought.”  Meanwhile, the benefits for healthy patients are . . .  well, “slim to none” is the phrase that comes to my mind….  

Much more at the link: do yourself a favor and read the complete article plus her links to past stories on statins.

via Health Beat: Statins for People Who Don’t Have Cholesterol Problems.

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