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AstraZeneca has announced that a patient taking their high cholesterol medication Crestor, has died from the medication. It is believed that the drug may have resulted in the person developing rhabdomyolysis which is a severe muscle-wasting condition. The company spokesman points out that 14 million prescriptions have been written for it's cholesterol reducing medication world wide so it is really not a significant risk. Also, all statins are believed to carry some risk of muscle problems. This news follows previous concerns about the safety of the drug.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by CNN Money - Reuters
About: Cholesterol drug implicated in death from muscle wasting condition
Date: 10 January 2005
Source: CNN Money - Reuters
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