Popular Cholesterol Drug Now Proven To Have Positive Effects
The cholesterol-reducing drug Zetia, made by Merck & Co., has just been proven effective for high-risk heart disease patients in a multiyear study.By Rosie Newberry | November 18, 2014
A cholesterol-lowering drug that's been given to patients for more than a decade has just now been proven effective in a study presented by the American Heart Association. So what's the story here?
The drug in question is Zetia, a cholesterol absorption inhibitor. It was approved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2002 but fell under controversy six years later.
That's because in 2008, Zetia's makers Merck and Schering-Plough saw their stock prices fall as they announced that in clinical trials, Zetia did not reduce fatty plaque in subjects' arteries like it was supposed to. (Video via MedPage Today)