Saturday, October 12, 2013

Spectacular Public Health Improvements from Statin Use

According to this story in the Telegraph, use of statins to control cholesterol has cut the rate of strokes in the UK by 40% between 1995 and 2010. Imagine how much more we could cut the rate of strokes, as well as heart attacks, if the medical/pharmaceutical complex could resolve the intellectual property problems and combine a statin, a blood pressure medication and small dose of aspirin into a single super-pill, which doctors could prescribe to (nearly) everyone in the population starting on their 40th birthday.

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