Cerivastatin (Baycol, Bayer), despite the demand for statins, was withdrawn form the market because of problems with its safety. However, a new drug which has the caught the interest of clinicians and policy makers is rosuvastatin (Crestor, AstraZeneca) for fear of another fiasco.
The safety of medicines is always important, doubly so for a medication like statin. Statins are prescribed a lots in the USA, and are prescribed for a long amount of time. This makes it doubly important to know the effects of the drug to prevent any adverse reactions, including reactions caused by changes in the patient’s health. Another concern is that statins are usually prescribed to the elderly that take other medications for other health issues. This is a concern because when drugs interact with each other, the results usually aren’t pretty.
What do statins do anyway? They’re a kind of drug that lower cholesterol by preventing its production. It also helps the body absorb cholesterol stuck in artery walls or plaques, preventing blockages that case heart attacks.
In essence, statin therapy reduces bad cholesterol known as LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol. As statin therapy is a very important drug for people suffering from high LDL levels, interest in the drug becomes clear.