CategoryStatins

Lipitor

Lipitor is a cholesterol-lowering drug in the family of pharmaceuticals known as statins. Statin drugs are grossly over-prescribed, provide marginal benefit for a small subset of patients, and come with serious side effects.

Here is a screen shot from a Lipitor ad, note the last sentence:

LIPITOR has not been shown to prevent heart disease or heart attacks.

Lipitor

No doubt Pfizer’s lawyers required the marketing team to disclose the uncomfortable truth about Lipitor: it does not do what people think it does. They have spent millions in development and marketing of this drug and still have to post this disclaimer. So why would anyone risk the side effects?

Here is another screen shot I took today from the Lipitor website. Sounds lovely.

Lipitor

Statins

Statins are the most profitable drugs in history. They are (over) prescribed to lower total cholesterol, based on the unproven idea that elevated cholesterol causes heart disease. This has been repeated so long and so loud that everyone takes it as an established fact. But there is no causal relationship between high cholesterol and heart attacks — the connection has never been proven.

One of several known side effect of statins is that they reduce the level of Coenzyme Q10, an essential enzyme that is required for a healthy heart.

Source: @DietHeartNews Twitter

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