Statin therapy to prevent cardiovascular problems

Representatives of the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology published November 12, 2013 a list of recommendations to helps prevent cardiovascular problems.

The scientists analyzed data published in the period from 1990 to 2012 and concluded that statin therapy is essential for patients with diagnosed cardiovascular disease, high levels of bad cholesterol (190 mg / dl or higher) for sufferers of type 2 diabetes aged between 40 and 75 years. Also, this type of treatment is indicated in patients aged 40-75 years who do not have cardiovascular disease or diabetes, but the level of bad cholesterol is 70-189 mg / dl  and from whom the risk of developing cardiovascular disease is 7.5% and higher.

At the moment, many statin based drugs lost their patent protection, such as Pfizer’s Lipitor and Merck’s Zocor. However, the patent for Crestor made by AstraZeneca is still valid until May 2016.

The head of the Medical Department of AstraZeneca in the U.S. Philip de Wang noted that AstraZeneca is pleased with the fact that cardiologists finally gave a clear indication who should take statins.

crestor-AstraZenecaCrestor was approved in more than 100 countries worldwide. However, this drug has side effects and contraindications that should be taken into consideration before starting reception.

The sales of Crestor, which is included in the list of best-selling cardiovascular drugs, exceeded $ 6 billion in 2012.

AstraZeneca is pharmaceutical company established in 1912. It specializes in drugs for the treatment of cancer as well as cardiovascular, neurological, mental illness, etc. The company has offices in more than 100 countries around the world, including USA. AstraZeneca’s revenue in 2012 was $ 28 billion, while profits – $ 6.3 billion.

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