It's been a tough few weeks for Big Pharma, as three major studies have now completely disproved the effectiveness of its most profitable drugs.
Patrice Wendling, April 15, 2016
Citing a lack of cardiovascular benefit, the FDA is taking the unusual step of withdrawing approvals it had previously given for use of niacin and fenofibric acid with statins to treat high cholesterol
The studies came in the same month that U.S. government's top nutrition advisory panel decided to drop its warning about dietary cholesterol.
Are Statins Safe? When unknowing patients go to their doctor and are found to have high cholesterol or heart disease risk factors, they are usually given a pill rather than given instructions on how to reverse the conditions naturally. And that pill they are given is usually a statin. But, research is showing that these drugs do more harm than good—despite doctors doling them out in increasing and alarming numbers.
Thousands of people taking a common statin are to have their dose reduced due to fears over side effects. The medicines regulator has warned that patients taking one particular type - simvastatin - at the same time as other drugs used to reduce high blood pressure are likely to suffer more muscle aches and pains.
In the U.S. alone, almost 30 million people regularly take statins. Chances are good that you or someone you know is taking a statin drug. These drugs, popularly known as cholesterol lowering medications for preventing heart disease, are among the most widely prescribed drugs in the world, with annual sales of tens of billions of dollars.
Statins are taken by one in four Americans over the age of 45, even though diet can fix high cholesterol quicker and more safely. Here’s new evidence of the drugs’ dangers
The FDA added two new warnings to statin drugs this week. These warnings include an increased risk of diabetes and mental confusion among statin users.