Drug Initiative

Is the FDA ignoring heart risks from high triglycerides in the face of mounting evidence to the contrary?

The lives of millions of Americans are potentially at risk.

The EPA Drug Initiative (EPADI) urges the FDA to thoughtfully consider new and almost irrefutable proof that high triglycerides are a significant risk factor contributing to cardiovascular disease-related death and morbidity.

Recently, two independent studies were published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), both drawing the same conclusion: that reducing serum triglycerides to accepted, safe levels resulted in a 40% decrease in cardiovascular risk. These trial results are being universally hailed as groundbreaking, as they focus on people having a certain gene mutation, which elegantly eliminates all cardiovascular disease risk factors other than serum triglyceride levels. Both studies—from well-respected researchers—have caught the attention of the world, with the results being published by prominent news media including the New York Times and Forbes.

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With a history of high colesterol and borderline diabetes I was prescribed Lipitor for years along with Metformine.The side effects of the Statin over time was distroying my leg muscles to the point I was not to stable on my feet and I had to take either motrin or Tylenol to try to sleep at night from the constant discomfort . My doctor finally had to stop perscribing Statin and in time my legs got better but still not back to normal. After being on Vascepa for 5 months...I have my legs back..I haven't had to take any Tylenol or Motrin with their side effects , and I 'm sleeping great as Vascepa/ omega3s are anti-inflammatory...My colesterol ..both LDL are just below 100 and my HT's are in the 150's...As an extra bonus I've noticed that the arthritis in my hands has almost none existent..could be coinsidental ..oh ya and my suger is in the 90's ....other than vitamins for my eyes I'm now only on 1 prescribed 66 I've never felt or slept can you not whole-heartedly and enthusiastically support this drug..?

Richard Stricker
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