Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 156 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 5-June-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 6-June-2003
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FDA's continuing investigation implicates additional lots of counterfeit Lipitor
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced that its continuing investigation of counterfeit Lipitor has turned up additional counterfeit quantities of the cholesterol-lowering pharmaceutical product.  more

Prescribing information: Lipitor (artorvastatin calcium)
Lipitor, when combined with a blood pressure lowering regimen can extend life and prevent stroke. Other new research claims that the use of statin drugs, like Lipitor, can help prevent or delay cancer. Get the full prescribing information in today's issue of Vidyya. more


ALERT Study establishes benefits of Fluvastatin therapy for cardiac outcome in kidney transplant patients
Results from the Assessment of Lescol in Renal Transplantation (ALERT) study demonstrate that statin therapy with fluvastatin is associated with reduced cardiac events and can be used effectively and safely to lower cholesterol in kidney transplant patients.  more

Statin drugs may increase risk of peripheral neuropathy
Statin drugs can increase the risk of developing peripheral neuropathy, according to a study published in the May 14 issue of Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology.  more

Statins may reduce the risk of cancer
According to a Dutch case-control study highlighted at a press briefing Sunday during the 39th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the use of statins may offer significant protection against cancer.  more

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