New cholesterol drug a ‘big deal,’ says Gupta
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August

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , /


S STATINS. THIS SOUNDS LIKE A GAME CHANGER. IS IT A BIG DEAL?>>IT IS A BIG DEAL. STATIN DRUGS HAVE BEEN AROUND SINCE THE ’80s. WHAT THE ISSUE HAS BEEN FOR SOME TIME IS THERE’S SOME PEOPLE WHO JUST EITHER DON’T RESPOND TO THESE MEDICATIONS OR THE MEDICATIONS GIVE THEM TOO MANY SIDE EFFECTS. SO THAT’S BEEN THE SORT OF GOAL FOR A LONG TIME. HOW DO WE TAKE CARE OF THESE PEOPLE? AND THAT’S WHAT THIS NEW CLASS OF DRUGS IS REALLY ALL ABOUT. >>IT REPLACES THE STATINS THAT SOME PEOPLE CAN’T TOLERATE?>>THAT’S RIGHT, BECAUSE OF SIDE EFFECTS. THE SIDE EFFECTS ARE NOT SMALL. YOU CAN GET SIGNIFICANT MUSCLE PAIN. AND IF YOU HAVE MUSCLE PAIN, YOU SHOULD BE EXERCISING. THAT’S WHAT YOUR DOCTOR TELLS YOU TO DO. SOME PEOPLE COMPLAIN OF MEMORY LOSS.>>HOW DO THEY WORK?>>A LOT OF CHOLESTEROL LOWERING DRUGS WORK IN A LOT OF WAYS. THIS ACTUALLY BLOCKS A CERTAIN ENZYME IN THE LIVER AND MAKES THE LIVERMORE ABLE TO ABSORB CHOLESTEROL AND GET IT OUT OF THE SYSTEM. THE BODY CAN DO A GOOD JOB OF REGULATING YOUR CHOLESTEROL, BOTH MAKES CHOLESTEROL AND CAN GET RID OF CHOLESTEROL. IN SOME PEOPLE IT MAKES IT WELL, BUT DOESN’T GET RID OF IT WELL. THIS TRIES TO ELIMINATE IT FROM THE SYSTEM. >>REMIND US WHY IT’S SO BAD TO HAVE HIGH CHOLESTEROL AND WHAT THE LEVELS SHOULD BE. >>FOR THE MOST PART, WHAT IT CAN DO IS START TO CLOG UP YOUR ARTERIES ESSENTIALLY BECAUSE OF BAD CHOLESTEROL KNOWN AS LDL. WHAT IS INTERESTING AND I THINK THIS IS AN IMPORTANT POINT S THAT PEOPLE THAT HAVE HIGH CHOLESTEROL BUT HAVE NEVER HAD A HISTORY OF A HEART PROBLEM, HAVE NO CURRENT HEART PROBLEMS AT ALL, THERE’S NOT A LOT OF EVIDENCE THAT STATINS ARE NECESSARY FOR THEM. WHO THEY’RE NECESSARY FOR IS PEOPLE WHO HAVE HIGH CHOLESTEROL AND HAVE HAD A HISTORY OF HEART PROBLEMS. THERE’S A LOT OF PEOPLE OUT THERE TAKING STATIN MEDICATIONS WHO PROBABLY DON’T NEED TO BE AND PROBABLY AREN’T GETTING ANY BENEFIT FROM THAT. THERE CAN BE SIDE EFFECTS FROM THESE STATIN MEDICATIONS. IF YOU DEVELOPING MUSCLE PROBLEMS, MEMORY LOSS, THERE COULD BE PROBLEMS WITH IT. THERE’S A LOT OF COST INVOLVED AS WELL. THIS DEBATE AROUND THIS NEW CLASS OF DRUGS HAS REINVIGORATED THAT THAT WHOLE THING AS WELL. DO WE OVER MEDICATE? AND THE ANSWER IS PROBABLY YES. >>CRITICS SAY THIS NEW DRUG COMBINATION IS ALSO EXPENSIVE. >>IT’S SO EXPENSIVE. FIRST OF ALL, IT’S AN INJECTABLE. YOU WOULD INJECT THIS ONCE OR TWICE A MONTH DEPENDING ON HOW OFTEN YOU NEED IT. TAKE A LOOK AT THAT NUMBER. UP TO $12,000 A YEAR. I DID THE MATH ON THIS. IF YOU LOOK AT THE PEOPLE WHO WOULD LIKELY QUALIFY FOR THIS UN


3 thoughts on “New cholesterol drug a ‘big deal,’ says Gupta

  1. Take 1 pill, get 2 or more side-effects!
    You get brand new disease/s to get rid of your old disease with new pill!

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