This popular cholesterol-lowering drug works on men, but not on women

October 07, 2008
Volume 05    |   Issue 38

If you’re taking a popular cholesterol-lowering drug to prevent heart attacks and stroke, I have news for you. It may not work for you – not if you’re a woman.

What’s more, the drug company that makes this drug knows this. But they don’t care. You see, it’s the biggest selling drug of its kind. It brings in $12 billion a year to Pfizer.

While this medication works pretty well for men, a recent meta-analysis completed by researchers at Cornell University and Cornell Law School found it does little for women. They could find no high-quality clinical evidence showing it reduces heart attacks in women.

What is this drug? Why, it’s Lipitor, of course.

None of the studies on Lipitor that included women showed statistically significant support for prescribing this statin to women.

Pfizer says the drug works for everyone. And the company sees nothing wrong with these claims. It’s just that they’re not backed up with good science. Pfizer has never reported that its drug works only for men.

In fact, it did just the opposite. It chose to mislead us with its advertising claims. Even its FDA-approved Lipitor label doesn’t mention this gender difference.

I’ve talked about the dangers of statins before in my newsletter. They rob your body of important nutrients like Coenzyme Q10 and they increase your risk for getting cancer.

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Theodore Eisenberg and Martin T. Wells. “Statins and Adverse Cardiovascular Events in Moderate-Risk Females: A Statistical and Legal Analysis with Implications for FDA Preemption Claims.” Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, 2008; 5 (3).

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