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EVERYTHING is a balance... was posted 03/02/2012 11:21 am by Anonymous
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Statins are among the most widely prescribed drugs in the world. Many millions of people are taking them. My cardiologist takes them himself and has no concerns about the current studies. It is only because so many people take these medicines that they have been able to tweeze out these very very rare side effects. The numbers of heart attacks and strokes that these medicines have been able to prevent is in the many thousands every year. There are few medicines that can claim results like this.

Medicines are tricky. On one hand, we are terrified and furious when side effects of medicines are revealed.... but the only way to discover these rare side effects is to get the drugs on the market, and carefully monitor the results for many years. Heart disease is the number one killer in the US. We are begging the world to discover new medicines to treat our own pancreatic cancer, as well as heart disease, and for quicker routes to getting these drugs to market. It is hard to have it both ways. We can't have new medicines in a timely manner, and discover every possible risk/benefit before using them. And there is no such thing as a perfectly safe medicine with no side effects. Everything is a balance of risk/benefit.

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