This site is intended for health professionals only!

Published on 9 February 2010

Share this story:

Heart pill approved for marketing

teaser

A preventive pill which reportedly causes a 44% reduction in heart problems has been approved for marketing by US federal regulators.

The cholesterol pill Crestor from Anglo-Swedish drugmaker AstraZeneca can be marketed as a preventive measure against heart attack and stroke in patients with healthy cholesterol levels, said the Food and Drug Administration.

A study in 2008 showed Crestor to reduce heart attacks, stroke and other problems by 44% in patients with normal cholesterol and slight heart disease risks. The patients had elevated levels of the C-reactive protein which is a key indicator of inflammation that can lead to clogged arteries.

Scientists are unsure whether the positive results were due to lower cholesterol or C-reactive protein, as Crestor reduces both.

Crestor is approved for men 50 and older, and women 60 and older who have elevated C-reactive protein. Patients must also have at least one risk factor for heart trouble, such as high blood pressure or a smoking habit. AstraZeneca is based in London.

Copyright Press Association 2010

Department of Health



Most read




Latest Issue

Be in the know
Subscribe to Hospital Pharmacy Europe newsletter and magazine
Share this story: