Meanwhile, trouble may be brewing in the statin market


While most of the fuss in the pharma industry concerns the COX-2 inhibitors (Vioxx™, Celebrex™, Bextra™), there’s news in the “statin”:http://biz.yahoo.com/rb/050308/health_heart_lipitor_1.html world also. Last year, study after study was showing more and more benefits to the statins. The only glitch was rhabdomylosis, a potentially fatal condition involving disintegration of muscle tissue. (Most cases involve mild muscle weakness.) However, a new, large study has experts scratching their heads. Seems Lipitor™ does its job (lowering LDL(low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol) very well, and even lowers risk of death due to cardiovascular problems. However, risk of non-cardiovascular deaths is up fairly high in the treatment group.

Time to perk your ears up and listen.

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