Lipitor, Pfizer’s blockbuster cholesterol-lowering statin medication, has been approved for use in children with heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia in the US since 2002, according to Pharmafile. (FH is an “inherited disorder that leads to aggressive and premature cardiovascular disease”). And those with FH are likely in great need of Lipitor.
But FH is a pretty rare disease. And Pfizer’s putting a lot of effort into chewable Lipitor.
Is Pfizer is positioning itself to profit – at the expense of children – by inducing pediatricians to more broadly prescribe Lipitor for children?
Back in December 2011 I wrote a post, ‘Cholesterol-y Coffee,’ about the sad, sad fact that drinking unfiltered coffee has been shown to raise cholesterol. Specifically LDL (bad) cholesterol. As there have been recent updates on this topic (see my The Cholesterol-Coffee Connection article on Answers.com) I thought it was a good time for a Going Lo-Co coffee-cholesterol update.
First, some good news. A 2008 study published by the Harvard School of Public Health stated, “Drinking up to six cups a day of coffee is not associated with increased risk of death from any cause, or death from cancer or cardiovascular disease.”