Statins beneficial even after discontinuation !!
A long term follow-up study published in the recent issue of New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) has shown strong evidence that statins lower the risk of cardiovascular morbidity & mortality even long after stopping them. This study is a continuation of a previous pravastatin trial, the West of Scotland Coronary Prevention Study (WOSCOPS).
Though study design has some limitations, it clearly supports the fact that, lowering LDL Cholesterol levels even for a short time and controlling it has beneficial effects in long term.
Statins are wonder drugs for sure. In my opinion, the original researchers, Akira Endo and Masao Kuroda, deserve a Nobel. Their significant contribution has been shadowed in the glare of statin wars by Big Pharma.
Seeji, Pharm House
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