Medicine: Off the Market

"Out of an abundance of caution," read the letter from Cincinnati's Wm. S. Merrell Co. to 230,000 U.S. physicians, "we have determined that the sale of tripara-nol should be discontinued until all possible controversy is put to rest." Thus last week almost half a million patients learned that they could no longer hope to cut down the cholesterol circulating in their blood — and perhaps reduce the danger of heart attacks — simply by swallowing a daily 35^ triparanol capsule.

Triparanol (trade name: MER/29) was marketed two years ago with only a background...

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