A new multipurpose pill that reduces blood pressure and cholesterol while lowering a person’s risk of heart attack and stroke could ostensibly save thousands of lives a year, according to a new British study. The “polypill” is intended to make life remarkably easier for adults over age 50, and some doctors predict it could even be a game changer. Here’s what you need to know:
How does it work?
The “four-in-one pill,” which is meant to be taken every night, combines three generic blood pressure medicines and a cholesterol fighting drug called simavastatin. The idea of a “one-size-fits-all” cocktail of heart drugs has been floating around for roughly a decade, says Ben Hirschler at Reuters, “but its path to market remains unclear given regulatory hurdles” coupled with “a lack of interest from big drugmakers focused on selling new patented medicines.”
Then why make it?
Roughly 200,000 people die annually of cardiovascular complications in the U.K., says Stephen Adams at the Telegraph. If adults over 50 were prescribed this pill, that number could be cut by a little more than half…
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