Have a symptom?
See what questions
a doctor would ask.
News » Manufacturers of cholesterol drugs seek non-prescription status

Manufacturers of cholesterol drugs seek non-prescription status

Merck is to make a second attempt to have the FDA approve it's cholesterol drug, Mevacor, for over-the-counter use. Bristol-Myers Squibb is seeking the same thing for its cholesterol drug, Pravachol. However, the FDA wants reassurance that people will use the drug responsibility. The cholesterol drug Zocor already has approval in the UK for over-the-counter sales. Some doctors believe the over-the-counter medication should be reserved for short-term, easily diagnosed conditions and not chronic conditions like high cholesterol which have virtually no symptoms.

Source: summary of medical news story as reported by USA Today

Related Disease Topics:

Article Source Details

About: Manufacturers of cholesterol drugs seek non-prescription status

Date: 27 December 2004

Source: USA Today

Author: Julie Appleby


Related Medical Topics

This summary article refers to the following medical categories:

More News Topics

  • Cancer deaths take over deaths caused by heart disease
  • Cancer detected on breath by dogs
  • Cancer development secrets discovered
  • Cancer is the biggest killer of Asian-American women in California
  • Cancer misdiagnosis costs woman kidney
  • Cancer mistake acknowledged
  • Cancer Research UK sponsors new cancer drug trial
  • Cancer risk cut with Vitamin D
  • Cancer risk decreased with Vitamin D
  • Cancer risk increased by high blood iron and cholesterol
  • Cancer screening tests have a high rate of false positive results
  • Cancer survival rates improving dramatically
  • Cancer treatments often too expensive for many
  • Cancer vaccine targets only tumor cells

    By using this site you agree to our Terms of Use. Information provided on this site is for informational purposes only; it is not intended as a substitute for advice from your own medical team. The information on this site is not to be used for diagnosing or treating any health concerns you may have - please contact your physician or health care professional for all your medical needs. Please see our Terms of Use.

    Home | Symptoms | Diseases | Diagnosis | Videos | Tools | Forum | About Us | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Site Map | Advertise