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Zetia has no medical benefit

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" A clinical trial of Zetia, a cholesterol-lowering drug prescribed to about 1 million people a week, failed to show that the drug has any medical benefits, Merck and Schering-Plough said on Monday.

The results will add to the growing concern over Zetia and Vytorin, a drug that combines Zetia with another cholesterol medicine in a single pill. About 60 percent of patients who take Zetia do so in the form of Vytorin, which combines Zetia with the cholesterol drug Zocor."

[link=http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/14/business/14cnd-drug.html?_r=1&ex=1358053200&en=8afe740851077b99&ei=5089&partner=rssyahoo&emc=rss&oref=slogin" target="_blank]http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/14/business...amp;oref=slogin[/link]

It also looks like it can cause liver damage...

"New evidence shows that the drug makers Merck and Schering-Plough have conducted several studies of their popular cholesterol medicine Zetia that raise questions about its risks to the liver, but the companies have never published those results.

Partial results of the studies, alluded to in documents on the Food and Drug Administration's Web site, raise questions about whether Zetia can cause liver damage when used long term with other cholesterol drugs called statins."


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