children

Coming soon to Europe: Chewable cholesterol drugs for children (like candy)

Friday, October 29, 2010 by: David Gutierrez, staff writer
Tags: cholesterol drugs, children, health news

eTrust Pro Certified

Most Viewed Articles
Popular on Facebook
BACK INTO THE CLOSET: Why U.S. reporters are not allowed to write about rainbow events in nations where being gay is still condemned
Depopulation test run? 75% of children who received vaccines in Mexican town now dead or hospitalized
A family destroyed: Six-month-old dies after clinic injects baby with 13 vaccines at once without mother's informed consent
Biologist explains how marijuana causes tumor cells to commit suicide
U2's Bono partners with Monsanto to destroy African agriculture with GMOs
Companies begin planting microchips under employees' skin
BAM! Chipotle goes 100% non-GMO; flatly rejecting the biotech industry and its toxic food ingredients
ECONOMIC SLAVERY FOR ALL: While we were distracted with the Confederate flag flap, Congress quietly forfeited our entire economic future via fast-track trade authority
NJ cops bust teenagers shoveling snow without a permit
Russia throws down the gauntlet: energy supply to Europe cut off; petrodollar abandoned as currency war escalates
McDonald's in global profit free fall as people everywhere increasingly reject chemically-altered toxic fast food
March Against Monsanto explodes globally... World citizens stage massive protests across 38 countries, 428 cities... mainstream media pretends it never happened
Chemotherapy kills cancer patients faster than no treatment at all
600 strains of an aerosolized thought control vaccine already tested on humans; deployed via air, food and water
Italian court rules mercury and aluminum in vaccines cause autism: US media continues total blackout of medical truth
The 21 curious questions we're never allowed to ask about vaccines
Vicious attack on Dr. Oz actually waged by biotech mafia; plot to destroy Oz launched after episode on glyphosate toxicity went viral
Orthorexia Nervosa - New mental disorder aimed at people who insist on eating a clean diet
Delicious
(NaturalNews) The European Commission has approved a chewable version of Pfizer's blockbuster cholesterol drug Lipitor, for use in children over the age of 10.

Pfizer has announced that following this approval, it will apply for a six-month patent extension for Lipitor, which is the best-selling drug in the world.

Both the United States and the European Union offer six-month patent extensions as an incentive for drug companies to conduct safety and effectiveness tests of their products in children, which is not required by law. Based on Pfizer's tests of Lipitor in children, the United States has already granted such an extension and the European Union is expected to follow suit.

Lipitor pulled in nearly $13 billion for Pfizer in 2009 alone, accounting for 23 percent of the company's sales income. The patent on the drug is due to expire at the end of November 2011, which has set the company scrambling for ways to increase Lipitor sales before then. A six-month extension alone could bring the company hundreds of millions of dollars.

In 2002, the FDA approved Lipitor for use in children with a genetic condition leading to dangerously high cholesterol levels. However, the drugs are now regularly being prescribed to children whose cholesterol levels are heightened due to obesity.

The rate of childhood obesity has doubled since the mid-1990s. It now stands at 17 percent.

Lipitor is one of the drugs known as statins, which lower levels of LDL cholesterol in the blood. Research suggests that this may lower the risk of heart attack and stroke in some people. The drugs can carry severe side effects, however, which has led to concerns that they may be over-prescribed. Lipitor, for example, can produce muscle pain and weakness, and should never be used by pregnant or nursing women, or people with liver problems.

Sources for this story include: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=... http://www.advancezine.com/advance/2010/7/6/....

Join over four million monthly readers. Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time.
comments powered by Disqus
Take Action: Support NaturalNews.com by linking back to this article from your website

Permalink to this article:

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):

Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use OK, cite NaturalNews.com with clickable link.

Follow Natural News on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest

Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...

GET SHOW DETAILS
+ a FREE GIFT

Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of NaturalNews.com, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source: Alexa.com)

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.