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This article first appeared about a month ago, but because of the huge number of people taking these drugs, its message bears repeating.


From The New York Times

For years, anecdotal reports have surfaced suggesting that those who take cholesterol-lowering statin drugs may suffer from muscle aches and memory problems. More recently, some large studies have suggested statin use can sometimes cause an increase in blood sugar.
Now the Food and Drug Administration has agreed the concerns are valid enough to add new safety alerts to the prescribing information for statins, which are the most widely prescribed drugs in the world. As Gardiner Harris reports in today’s Times:
It is the first time that the Food and Drug Administration has officially linked statin use with cognitive problems like forgetfulness and confusion, although some patients have reported such problems for years. Among the drugs affected are huge sellers like Lipitor, Zocor, Crestor and Vytorin.
But federal officials and some medical experts said the new alerts should not scare people away from statins. “The value of statins in preventing heart disease has been clearly established,” said Dr. Amy G. Egan, deputy director for safety in the F.D.A.’s division of metabolism and endocrinology products. “Their benefit is indisputable, but they need to be taken with care and knowledge of their side effects.”…
The F.D.A. had already placed an alert about diabetes risks on the label of Crestor, a big-selling statin made by AstraZeneca, because a Crestor trial showed an increased risk. The agency decided to extend that alert to all drugs in the class with the exception of Pravachol, an older medicine manufactured by Bristol-Myers Squibb.

Link to The New York Times here.

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Comments:
Yes I think that's the best thing FDA did. And yes many people are taking statins and they have the rights to know everything about it.
 
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