Millions of Americans are taking Vytorin or Zetia for heart disease. And yet, full results were finally released last week of a failed trial showing absolutely NO benefit from these drugs. Two Congressional panels have launched probes into why it took drug makers almost two years to release results!
I could save Congress a bunch of money on those “probes”: Zetia and Vytorin have racked up $5 billion in sales! Hm, I wonder why the drug companies would drag their feet. DUH.
Just like Pfizer’s failed trial of the cholesterol drug torcetrapib, these drugs lowered LDL cholesterol but had no result. We have repeatedly in recent years seen evidence that obsession with cholesterol is unwarranted: cholesterol is not the biomarker we once thought it was. Torcetrapib, for instance, lowered cholesterol but increased heart attacks!