HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
ESC highlights need for screening and global risk management as statins move over the counter in UK

Today Dr John Reid, the Health Secretary for the United Kingdom (UK), announced the reclassification of statins as 'over the counter' products in the UK, to be available to members of the public directly from pharmacists without the need for a prescription. With this move, recently approved by the UK's Committee on Safety of Medicines, the UK is the first country to move a statin from prescription-only to over the counter access.

The initial statin to be available from pharmacists will be simvastatin, at a daily dosage of 10mg. Simvastatin will be targeted at individuals with a low to moderate risk of heart disease, specifically sub-populations such as men aged 50 years and over and women aged 55 and over with one or more risk factors including: obesity, cigarette smoking, insufficient physical exercise, unhealthy diet, hypertension, diabetes or family history of heart disease. An on-the-spot blood test is envisaged to assess if an individual requesting simvastatin is eligible and if the results are positive the treatment can be purchased immediately.

As a result of this decision, UK health authorities expect to increase the usage of statins in primary prevention, in order to reduce cholesterol levels in the UK population and ultimately reduce the country's high incidence of heart disease, arguing that the move is in favour of improving patient choice and access to medicines.

Statins not a stand-alone prevention measure

In light of this development, the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) stresses the importance of viewing statins appropriately within the global risk management environment.

Simvastatin, along with the other statins in its class, is a very effective treatment option in both primary and secondary cardiovascular disease prevention. However, it is by no means a substitute for lifestyle factor improvements and should only be taken in parallel to effective risk factor reduction methods such as health
'"/>

Contact: Camilla Dormer
cdormer@escardio.org
33-49-294-8627
European Society of Cardiology
12-May-2004


Page: 1 2 3

Related medicine news :

1. Other highlights in the March 16 JNCI
2. Other highlights in the March 2 JNCI
3. Other highlights in the February 2 JNCI
4. Article highlights confusion about Homeland Security safety symbols
5. Other highlights in the January 19 JNCI
6. US study highlights clear link between increased fast-food consumption and obesity
7. Other highlights in the December 15 JNCI
8. European study highlights persistent 3 decade increase in childhood cancer incidence
9. Other highlights in the December 1 JNCI
10. Ugandan study highlights best drug combinations for treating malaria in Africa
11. Study highlights importance of pesticide worker dermal exposure

Post Your Comments:
(Date:10/31/2014)... HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Oct. 30, 2014 ... transplantation is nothing new. The first kidney transplant took ... 1963 and the first human heart transplant in 1967. By ... entire face. One major organ still eludes the transplant ... of U.S. scientists has its way, that dream may become ...
(Date:10/31/2014)... News) -- The number of medical malpractice payments in ... to a new study. And compensation payment amounts ... or declined in recent years, researchers report online Oct. ... Association . "For many physicians, the prospect of ... of modern clinical practice," researchers, led by Michelle Mello, ...
(Date:10/31/2014)... WASHINGTON, DC (October 31, 2014) — A new ... (Milken Institute SPH) at the George Washington University ... for pregnant women who are enrolled in Covered ... which includes the Comprehensive Perinatal Services Program (CPSP). ... the nation,s most successful programs ever developed for ...
(Date:10/30/2014)... day provide new treatments for injuries and damage to ... Cartilage, for example, is a hard material that caps ... smoothly. UC Davis biomedical engineers, exploring ways to toughen ... the body, report new developments this week in the ... . , "The problem with engineered tissue is that ...
(Date:10/30/2014)... group at the DFG Research Center for Regenerative Therapies ... (CRTD) demonstrated for the first time the in vitro ... dimensions from mouse embryonic stem cells. Correct spatial organization ... dorsal/ventral axis was observed., This study has been published ... Reports " on 30.10.2014 ., For many years Elly ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Scientists Set Their Sights on First Whole-Eye Transplant 2Health News:Scientists Set Their Sights on First Whole-Eye Transplant 3Health News:Fewer Malpractice Claims Paid in U.S. 2Health News:Report examines health care challenges for pregnant women enrolled in covered California 2Health News:Making lab-grown tissues stronger 2Health News:Reconstruction of a patterned piece of spinal cord in 3-D culture 2
(Date:10/30/2014)... 2014   ViaDerma, Inc. (OTCQB: VDRM), ... products to market, has recently released a revolutionary ... a topical liquid tetracycline-based antibiotic that uses a ... oral medication active ingredients into topical drugs. The ... antibiotic to help prevent skin infection in minor ...
(Date:10/30/2014)... , Oct. 30, 2014 China Biologic Products, ... leading fully integrated plasma-based biopharmaceutical company in ... to release third quarter 2014 financial results on Wednesday, ... The Company,s management will hold a conference call ... 2014, which is 8:30 p.m., Beijing Time on November ...
(Date:10/30/2014)... October 30, 2014 , ... LGG contribuye a adquirir tolerancia a la proteína ... la proteína de la leche de la vaca (APLV) ... infancia. Hasta ahora, la APLV se trataba eliminando ... ha demostrado que es posible adquirir tolerancia oral ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:ViaDerma, Inc. Lead Product TetraStem Shown Effective in Fighting Staph Infections including MRSA 2ViaDerma, Inc. Lead Product TetraStem Shown Effective in Fighting Staph Infections including MRSA 3China Biologic to Report Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results 2Según expertos reunidos en el Simposio Allergy Day 2Según expertos reunidos en el Simposio Allergy Day 3
Cached News: