What it Takes to Bring A Cholesterol Reducing Medicine to Market
In the old days people didn't think too much about reducing cholesterol. Diets were such that unless there was a family history of high cholesterol, people and the doctors who cared for them didn't pay attention to what it was doing. Back then too, we got our medicines from plants in our gardens or local herbalist. Today, most medicines are man-made and manufactured under extremely sterile conditions. These medicines are then tested to see what the right dose should be and how well it does the job of reducing cholesterol.
In order for a cholesterol reducing medicine to sold in the United States it must have the approval of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This is not an easy task, nor is it inexpensive. There are generally three phases of testing for the new drug and each involves volunteers - human guinea pigs - before it can be labeled and sold.
Phase one of FDA mandated testing involves using human volunteers. Generally 20-100 healthy people will take the drug in order to see if the dose is strong enough or too strong and if it does the intended job of reducing cholesterol. This is a process that takes about 1 year.
In phase two of cholesterol drug testing, the volunteer base is expanded. Several hundred patients are given the drug and evaluated over the course of about 2 years. This is to observe and record the side effects caused by the drug. In the third and final phase of testing the control group is expanded even more. Up to thousands of volunteers take the drug for anywhere from 2-4 years. This is to see how the determined dose impacts health over the long term and also what the long term side effects may be.
There are dozens of cholesterol reducing drugs on the market today that had to go through an average of 4 years of testing on thousands of humans before it could be prescribed by your doctor. Still, thought the dose is believed to be safe according to test results and the fact that the FDA approved the drug, there are still side effects from reducing cholesterol with prescription medications.
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