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Four-in-one pill cuts heart problems by a third
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https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-49434337

A daily pill containing four medicines can cut the number of heart attacks and strokes by a third, a study shows.

The polypill contains blood-thinning aspirin, a cholesterol-lowering statin and two drugs to lower blood pressure.

The researchers - in Iran and the UK - said the pill had a huge impact but cost just pennies a day.

They suggest giving it to everyone over a certain age in poorer countries, where doctors have fewer options and are less able to assess individuals.

Coronary heart disease and stroke are the top two causes of death worldwide, killing more than 15 million people a year.



This sounds great :D .

In fact, it sounds too good to be true, really... so, apart from the legal hurdles with getting it approved, where's the catch :P ?
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The catch is getting it approved by the FDA, not including the fact that if it does gets passed as a 'safe drug' to use in the US.. It may cost pennies to make but pharmaceutical companies will charge paitents out the a** for it because drugs that help people aren't regulated by our government to be at a set price, as in other socialist nations that have heathcare for all & regulate drug prices already.
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Thanks for the heads up on this drug.  I hope the FDA passes it in Canada!
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(08-23-2019, 03:16 PM)Ann Wrote: Thanks for the heads up on this drug.  I hope the FDA passes it in Canada!

Well, since the FDA is a federal US institution, it's not something you should have to worry about. As far as I'm aware, the Canadian equivalent doesn't have the same awful reputation for taking forever to approve drugs - hence one of the reasons why they're so much cheaper there!

But, yeah: that is likely to be an annoying catch, for Americans at least -_- .
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There is an over the counter migraine relief pain pill that is sold in the US but not allowed to sell in Canada.  It contains acetaminophen, Asa and caffeine.  I bought it online and my Doctor told me not to take it because of the Asa.
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