How Some Generic Drugs Could Do More Harm Than Good
For the 16 years that Dr. Brian Westerberg, a Canadian surgeon, worked volunteer missions at the Mulago National Referral Hospital in Kampala, Uganda, scarcity was the norm. The patients usually exceeded the 1,500 allotted beds. Running water was once cut off when the debt-ridden hospital was unable to pay its bills. On some of his early trips, Westerberg even brought over drugs from Canada in order to treat patients. But as low-cost generics made in India and China became widely available through Uganda’s government and international aid agencies in the early 2000s, it seemed at first like the supply issue had been ...
Source: TIME: Health - May 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Katherine Eban Tags: Uncategorized generic drugs medication medicine Source Type: news

Lipitor (atorvastatin) vs. Vytorin (simvastatin and ezetimibe)
Title: Lipitor (atorvastatin) vs. Vytorin (simvastatin and ezetimibe)Category: MedicationsCreated: 5/17/2019 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 5/17/2019 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Cholesterol General)
Source: MedicineNet Cholesterol General - May 17, 2019 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Lipitor (atorvastatin) vs. Zetia (ezetimibe)
Title: Lipitor (atorvastatin) vs. Zetia (ezetimibe)Category: MedicationsCreated: 5/17/2019 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 5/17/2019 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Cholesterol General)
Source: MedicineNet Cholesterol General - May 17, 2019 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Lipitor (atorvastatin) vs. Niacin (nicotinic acid, vitamin B3)
Title: Lipitor (atorvastatin) vs. Niacin (nicotinic acid, vitamin B3)Category: MedicationsCreated: 5/17/2019 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 5/17/2019 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Heart General)
Source: MedicineNet Heart General - May 17, 2019 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Lipitor (atorvastatin) vs. Crestor (rosuvastatin)
Title: Lipitor (atorvastatin) vs. Crestor (rosuvastatin)Category: MedicationsCreated: 5/15/2019 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 5/15/2019 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Heart General)
Source: MedicineNet Heart General - May 15, 2019 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Heart Patients at Risk When Pharmacies Close
MONDAY, May 13, 2019 -- When pharmacies close, people with heart disease stop taking widely used heart medications, such as statins, beta-blockers, and oral anticoagulants, according to a study published online April 19 in JAMA Network Open. Dima M.... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - May 13, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

GPs need better training in opioid tapering
Toolkit launched to tackle opioid use Related items fromOnMedica Include pregnant women in studies, urge researchers Doctors debate long-term use of psychiatric drugs GPs defend practice on prescribing statins MHRA tightens licence restrictions on valproate for women Clinicians need better options if we are to stop over-medication (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 13, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Fears over statins side-effects of mental, memory and pain problems
ALMOST half of patients in a survey of those taking controversial cholesterol-lowering statin drugs developed significant side effects, research claims. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - May 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Statins' potential to treat MS unrelated to lowering cholesterol
(University College London) The widely prescribed statin, simvastatin, can medically help patients with secondary progressive Multiple Sclerosis (SPMS) -- for reasons that might be unrelated to the drug's intended cholesterol lowering affects, a UCL study has found. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 10, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

One-third of statin patients still have bad cholesterol levels, study says
About one-third of people in taking statins to control low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, known as " bad cholesterol, " still have dangerously high levels in their blood. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs Tied to Reduced Glaucoma Risk Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs Tied to Reduced Glaucoma Risk
High cholesterol is associated with an increased risk of developing open-angle glaucoma, but a new study suggests taking statins to lower cholesterol helps to reduce this risk.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - May 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ophthalmology News Source Type: news

Statins May Cut Glaucoma Risk
Long-term use of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs cut the risk of a leading cause of blindness. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - May 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: NICHOLAS BAKALAR Tags: Cholesterol Eyes and Eyesight Glaucoma Statins (Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs) Source Type: news

Statins may reduce death risk from colorectal cancer
People who already used statins before receiving a colorectal cancer diagnosis had an 18 percent lower risk of dying from cancer (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Longer Duration of Statin Use Linked to Lower Risk for Glaucoma
THURSDAY, May 9, 2019 -- Statin use may lower the risk for primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG), according to a study published online May 2 in JAMA Ophthalmology. Jae H. Kang, Sc.D., from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, and colleagues... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - May 9, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Statins linked to lower risk of early death in patients with colorectal cancer
(Wiley) Use of statins before or after a diagnosis of colorectal cancer was linked with a lower risk of premature death, both from cancer and from other causes, in a Cancer Medicine analysis of published studies. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 9, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Study shows one third of statin patients don't reach healthy levels of 'bad' cholesterol
(Regenstrief Institute) Using electronic health records from the Indiana Network for Patient Care, a new population health study of entire state found that one third of statin patients don't reach healthy levels of 'bad' cholesterol. Results show that more aggressive treatment may be needed for a large number of patients taking statin medications, and that treatment could help reduce cases of cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in the US. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 9, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Cholesterol-lowering drugs tied to reduced glaucoma risk
(Reuters Health) - High cholesterol is associated with an increased risk of developing glaucoma, but a new study suggests taking statins to lower cholesterol helps to reduce this risk. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Half of People Miss Benefits of Statins
Many people who are prescribed statins are at increased risk of cardiovascular disease because they stop taking the drugs. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - May 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: NICHOLAS BAKALAR Tags: Crestor (Drug) Cholesterol Heart Source Type: news

Universal Lipid Screening, Statins for Children? Universal Lipid Screening, Statins for Children?
Should all children undergo lipid screening? Is it appropriate to prescribe statins to a kid? Jessica Lilley discusses lipid disorders and primary prevention of heart disease in pediatrics.Medscape Diabetes & Endocrinology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology Expert Column Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What is the best time to take statins and why?
Some cholesterol-lowering drugs work best when a person takes them in the evening, while others are equally effective in the morning. Learn more about different statins, including the best time of day to take them. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - April 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Statins Source Type: news

Adherence to CV Meds Suffers When Pharmacies Shut Down for Good Adherence to CV Meds Suffers When Pharmacies Shut Down for Good
Patients fall behind on their statins, beta blockers, and oral anticoagulants when pharmacies close, but there are opportunities for health policy, payers, and pharmacies themselves to help.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines - April 26, 2019 Category: Cardiology Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

Cardiac MRI flags signs of early heart disease in women
The thickness of the coronary wall is a marker for coronary artery disease...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: ACC: PET/CT helps assess at-risk coronary patients ACC: Study promotes routine PET/CT CAC for cardiac risk Underutilized cardiac MRI stress test predicts mortality CCTA reveals statins may lower mortality in low-risk CAD Machine-learning CCTA helps characterize heart plaques (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - April 26, 2019 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Thousands 'could be taking statins for no reason' as 600% MORE people are eligible than 30 years
Researchers at the University of Ireland Galway found the proportion of the population eligible for statins rocketed from eight per cent in 1987 to 61 per cent in 2016. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Evolocumab Lowers LDL-C in Diabetic Patients on Maximum Statins Evolocumab Lowers LDL-C in Diabetic Patients on Maximum Statins
In patients with type 2 diabetes and hyperlipidemia or mixed dyslipidemia on a maximally tolerated statin, treatment with evolocumab lowers low-density-lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) and improves levels of other lipids, researchers say.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - April 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology News Source Type: news

The real reasons statins don't work for half of patients
Headlines last week declaring that statins ‘do not work’ in half of patients will have made intriguing reading – for the eight million Britons taking them, and for anyone else considering doing so. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Statins Safe, Effective in Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients
FRIDAY, April 19, 2019 -- Daily atorvastatin is safe for the primary prevention of cardiovascular events (CVE) in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, conferring a similar degree of risk reduction in these patients as in other populations, according... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - April 19, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Heart Patients Pay the Price When Nearby Pharmacy Closes
Nearly 24% of patients whose pharmacies closed failed to refill their statin prescription during 12 months of follow-up, compared with nearly 13%  of those whose pharmacies remained open, the findings showed. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - April 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pharmacy closures associated with declines in cardiovascular medication adherence
(JAMA Network) How pharmacy closures are associated with declines in cardiovascular medication adherence for statins,β-blockers and oral anticoagulants among adults 50 or older was the focus of this analysis of prescription claims. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 19, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

People with heart disease at risk when pharmacies close
(University of Illinois at Chicago) New research shows that when pharmacies close, people stop taking widely used heart medications -- like statins, beta-blockers and oral anticoagulants -- that have known cardiovascular and survival benefits. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 19, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Study: Half of people on statins don't hit healthy cholesterol levels
After two years of treatment with statins, about half of patients in primary care still don't hit healthy cholesterol levels. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - April 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Over Half of Patients Have Suboptimal Response to Statins
TUESDAY, April 16, 2019 -- More than half of patients initiating statin therapy have a suboptimal low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) response within 24 months, according to a study published online April 15 in Heart. Ralph Kwame Akyea,... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - April 16, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Half of people prescribed statins don't reach cholesterol goals after two years, study says
Half of all people who are prescribed statins for the prevention of heart disease fail to reach target cholesterol levels two years later, according to a new study. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - April 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Health Highlights: April 16, 2019
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Only Half of Patients Taking Statins Reach Cholesterol Targets: Study Just half of patients who take statins to prevent heart disease achieved... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - April 16, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Only Half of Patients Taking Statins Reach Cholesterol Targets: Study
Title: Only Half of Patients Taking Statins Reach Cholesterol Targets: StudyCategory: Health NewsCreated: 4/16/2019 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 4/16/2019 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Cholesterol General)
Source: MedicineNet Cholesterol General - April 16, 2019 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Statins 'don't work well for one in two people'
Fresh research questions the merit of the cholesterol-lowering pills taken by millions of Britons. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - April 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Half of patients taking statins won't reach 'healthy' cholesterol levels
Nottingham University researchers used data from 165,400 British people. They found the cheap pills had no significant impact for 49 per cent of the patients. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Half of patients on statins fail to reach ‘healthy’ cholesterol level after two years
Researchers say patients need tailored treatment to stave off heightened heart disease/stroke risk Related items fromOnMedica Ignored cholesterol blamed for heart attacks Polypill could halve cardiovascular events Oral anticoagulants after hospital discharge reduce non-fatal blood clots Hospitals fail women with myocardial infarction New class of chronic angina drug approved for use in Europe (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - April 16, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Statins safe for rheumatoid arthritis patients
Patients with rheumatoid arthritis are likely to experience the same level of cardiovascular benefits as other individuals Related items fromOnMedica Lifestyle intervention in type 2 diabetes can have long-term effect Heart disease and stroke deaths plummet in Scotland Brexit could result in thousands of extra CVD deaths CHD and stroke risk seriously elevated with just one daily cigarette Obesity associated with worse mortality and higher CVD risk (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - April 16, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Statins Safe, May Reduce CV Events in RA Statins Safe, May Reduce CV Events in RA
Statins are safe and likely effective for preventing cardiovascular events among patients with rheumatoid arthritis, but not every patient with RA needs the drug, new data suggest.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines - April 15, 2019 Category: Cardiology Tags: Rheumatology News Source Type: news

Statins safe for preventing cardiovascular events in rheumatoid arthritis patients
(Wiley) Results from a large clinical trial indicate that patients with rheumatoid arthritis are likely to experience the same level of cardiovascular benefits from statins as other individuals, without additional risks. The findings appear in Arthritis& Rheumatology, an official journal of the American College of Rheumatology. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 15, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Statin side effects: Weigh the benefits and risks
(Source: MayoClinic.com Full Feed)
Source: MayoClinic.com Full Feed - April 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Statins: A billion dollar industry costing millions of lives
(Natural News) Statins are one of Big Pharma’s biggest cash-cows: In 2013, the pharmaceutical raked in a staggering $29 billion just from statin sales. Estimates suggest that nearly one out of every four Americans over the age of 45 takes a statin drug. Most believe that these drugs are life-savers, healing their high cholesterol while... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - April 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Preventive Drugs Often Used in Last Year of a Cancer Patient ’ s Life
Preventive drugs, including antihypertensives and statins, frequently continued until final month of life (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology - April 8, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Cardiology, Endocrinology, Family Medicine, Gastroenterology, Gynecology, Internal Medicine, Nursing, Oncology, Pharmacy, Pulmonology, Journal, Source Type: news

Emerging Drugs for Residual CV Risk in Statin-Treated Adults Emerging Drugs for Residual CV Risk in Statin-Treated Adults
Learn about the many novel therapeutics recently approved or under development which target LDL-C and/or triglycerides via different mechanisms than do statins.American Journal of Cardiovascular Drugs (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - April 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology Journal Article Source Type: news

Genetic Validation for New LDL Cholesterol-Lowering Target Genetic Validation for New LDL Cholesterol-Lowering Target
ATP citrate lyase inhibitors such as bempedoic acid lower LDL cholesterol by the same mechanism of action as statins and may provide similar or perhaps additive cardiovascular protection.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - April 1, 2019 Category: Neurology Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

Statins underutilised, refused and discontinued by patients
(Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News)
Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News - April 1, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

The Guardian view on antidepressant use: no cure-all | Editorial
The record number of pills being handed out for depression is a cause of concern, especially when access to other treatments is restrictedAlmost71m prescriptions for antidepressants were given out in England last year – not including drugs dispensed in hospitals outside the NHS. This is a vast number of pills – more than twice the number ofprescriptions given for antibiotics; 20m more than for cholesterol-lowering statins. In a decade, the number of antidepressant prescriptions has doubled; it has risen by 3m in a year. Around 7 million adults (16% of the English adult population) are now taking this medicine, ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 31, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Editorial Tags: Mental health Depression Society NHS World Health Organization World news GPs Politics UK news Drugs Science Source Type: news

New Studies Give Bempedoic Acid a Bump as Lipid-Lowering Agent New Studies Give Bempedoic Acid a Bump as Lipid-Lowering Agent
Reductions in LDL cholesterol were modest when added to statins, but observers say the investigational oral drug may serve a role as an add-on therapy.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - March 29, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

Bad Info May Be Scaring Patients Away From Statins
Experts say doctors need to come up with better ways to talk with patients about statins and the drugs' perceived side effects, especially if the person has stopped taking them. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - March 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Bad Info May Be Scaring Patients Away From Heart-Healthy Statins
Title: Bad Info May Be Scaring Patients Away From Heart-Healthy StatinsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 3/27/2019 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 3/28/2019 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Cholesterol General)
Source: MedicineNet Cholesterol General - March 28, 2019 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news