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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As a person with a family history of having CVD, I have worked closely with my Doctor on reducing my risk, by lowering triglycerides, good diet, exercise and was on a statin but had to stop due to side effect, recently my doctor recommend Vascepa. I started taking Vascepa 3 months ago and for the first time I started to see a meaningful reduction with my triglycerides. Had always been in the 275mg/dL to 350 range. After my first blood work came back with triglycerides at 235mg/dl my doc and I were very excited. But to a wait and see if we would see it again on next blood work, well last week the results showed me down to 205mg. for the first time in my life, I'm 55. My insurance does not cover any cost of Vascepa so I pay out of pocket. PLEASE HELP ME AND MANY OTHERS PLEASE APPROVE FOR THOSE OF US WHO ARE BETWEEN 200mg/dL and 500mg/dL it has worked for me and others its safer than any other drug out there. Please.

Paul Holden
Chatham, NJ
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