Health: Statin Face-Off

Surprises from the first head-to-head comparison

I have a professional and a personal interest in statins, the cholesterol-lowering drugs that so many people are taking these days. Whereas I don't have a history of heart disease, it runs in my family. Although I exercise regularly and watch what I eat, my LDL (or "bad") cholesterol level has always been a bit elevated (it hovers around 100, which is right at the limit recommended by the U.S. government). So I followed with particular interest the results of the first head-to-head comparison of two of the most popular statins: Lipitor (made by Pfizer) and Pravachol (Bristol-Myers Squibb).

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