This is why we do follow up; For our primary end point, by the time 20 years had passed, we could see that it's actually taking an extra 5 years for the statin-treated group to reach the same level of risk as the placebo-treated group," said Packard. "In other words, there is a 5-year gain in event-free years if you start LDL lowering at the age we started, which is around 50 years old. The 20-year follow-up data are based on a 5-year difference in LDL-cholesterol lowering with pravastatin. In the trial, pravastatin lowered LDL-cholesterol levels by 26% and total-cholesterol levels by 20%. For clinical outcomes, the reduction in the primary end point in WOSCOPS was sustained over the 20-year follow-up period, said Packard. At 20 years, coronary heart disease mortality was reduced 27% and all-cause mortality by 13%. Also, the need for coronary revascularization was reduced by 19%, heart failure by 31%; there was no effect on stroke. http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/835238View Thread
In business people colaborate to bring products to the consumer. "You scratch my back and I'll scratch your back" is part of doing business.
You are and have on many occassions alledged illegal and unethical payments from drug companies to doctors to inlfuence their decisions. That's not really consistant with your new "epiphany of tolerance" towards statin marketing practices.
I will be mindful of your new found faith in the system.View Thread
When someone conspires, its for the purpose of doing something against someone
Then you said;
Patients want their doctor to prescribe in the best interest of their health. NOT the doctor's financial interests.
and that was after you posted the Sunshine Act and said;
Transparency over financial relationships which could influence prescribing habits is also of major concern.
What would you call it? IT'S A CONSPIRACY involving the drug companies, their influence on doctors causing them to prescribe based on their own financial best interest and taking advantage of the under informed public being dazzled by drug company marketing, it's your entire position on this thread.
Again, just quoting you. This again is why I find it hard to take you seriously, you talk in circles and now you want to come off as some one you are not and have not been in your posting here.View Thread
What is not being considered is the billions of dollars spent on proving beyond any doubt that lower total and LDL colesterol levels were associated to a large risk reduction of developing heart disease. The fact that business does what business does and supplied the developing need is not the issue. The health benefit of lower cholesterol levels is the underlying issue and is lost in your narrative.View Thread
Taking a cholesterol-lowering drug for five years in middle age can lower heart and death risks for decades afterward, and the benefits seem to grow over time, a landmark study finds. Doctors say it's the first evidence that early use of a statin can have a legacy effect, perhaps changing someone's odds of disease for good.