Have a symptom?
See what questions
a doctor would ask.
News » Proposed over the counter cholesterol drug still under doubt

Proposed over the counter cholesterol drug still under doubt

One of the concerns that the FDA has about the proposed over the counter cholesterol treatment, Mevacor Daily, is the fact that long-term compliance may be not be achievable. The FDA is worried about the fact that data only covers the first 18 months of use whereas it would take about 6 years of compliance to reduce the cholesterol to a good level. It is well known that other over the counter medications generally have very poor compliance even over several months or even weeks. The 18 month trial showed that compliance was maintained by over half of subjects during that time. Mevacor Daily was aimed to treat people with a cholesterol level of 130-170 mg/dL and one or more heart disease risk factors such as smoking, hypertension and HDL cholesterol under 39mg/dL. There are also concerns over whether people are capable of determining whether they need the drug or if they will follow the safety instructions. For example, the drug is inadvisable for people with kidney problems.

Source: summary of medical news story as reported by FDA Advisory Committee

Related Disease Topics:

Article Source Details

About: Proposed over the counter cholesterol drug still under doubt

Date: 14 January 2005

Source: FDA Advisory Committee


Related Medical Topics

This summary article refers to the following medical categories:

More News Topics

  • Man fed up with hospitals alleged inadequate care
  • Man feels deceived by Atkins diet
  • Man Fights to Ensure a Disciplinary Hearing Occurs After his Wife’s Death
  • Man in coma after being taken to hospital with epileptic seizure
  • Man led to believe he is HIV positive for 8 years
  • Man lives with wrong diagnosis for 21 years
  • Man loses his sight while going through several misdiagnoses
  • Man loses leg after being misdiagnosed with the flu
  • Man misdiagnosed many times before colon cancer finally discovered
  • Man orders doctor to perform a test which could have ultimately saved his life
  • Man receives 100,000 when surgical equipment left in his stomach after operation

    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