Drug Manufacturers Continue to Look for New Ways to Reduce Cholesterol
Merck, one of the leading manufacturers of prescription drugs announced recently that it has two new drugs designed to reduce cholesterol close to readiness. The drugs, which are expected to be in their final stages of testing in early 2006, include two new forms of medications known to reduce cholesterol.
The medications are currently labeled MK-524A and MK-524B. The "A" form is a class of drugs that raises the high density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol which is the good kind of cholesterol. Often HDL is low even when low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, the bad kind, is low enough to not pose a threat. Health care providers understanding the importance of the ratio between HDL and LDL will still work with patients to raise HDL. Each level is important in the fight to reduce cholesterol
MK-524B is a combination of the active ingredient found in Zocor, which lowers LDL cholesterol, and the HDL lowering active ingredient in the new MK-524A drug. These new formulas are expected reduce cholesterol and to compete directly with Pfizer's combination drug that blends torctrapib and Lipitor. Merck's version should be approved and ready for sale by 2007.
Maintaining healthy total cholesterol levels of below 200 mg/dL is important in minimizing the risk of heart disease. A one percent increase in total cholesterol over 190 mg/dL is equal to a two percent increased risk for heart disease. In order to reduce cholesterol both LDL and HDL need to be managed. While many drugs are being designed to accomplish this goal, there are risks associated with taking any kind of prescription medication. Natural methods to reduce cholesterol are just as effective for most people and without the side effects of drugs. To learn more, get The 60-Day Prescription Free Cholesterol Cure.
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