New evidence uncovered by researchers in Tayside and Bristol has shown wider benefits of cholesterol lowering drugs for large sections of the public, including women and the elderly.
Researchers have told us for years that cholesterol lowering drugs that lower blood fat levels provide large benefits to those who participated in clinical trails. However, the effects of these drugs were only really applicable to the sorts of carefully selected patients who actually participated in those trials.
The new evidence now available from a combined Tayside and Bristol research project, published this week in the British Medical Journal, shows that these drugs provide benefits of at least an equal level of benefit to patients groups who were excluded from the clinical trial - the old, the very old, women and those who are unfortunate enough to suffer from a number of other pre-existing diseases. This is really good news for those patients because it has often been found that when taken in general use rather than in clinical trials, medicines do not seem to work as well. This can be because the people in the trials have been selected to be those that will benefit most or those that will have the fewest side effects.
Roddy Isles | alfa
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