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July 27, 2008

Oxford: genetic variation tips off statin drug side effects

This is a pretty exciting development. Now we can genetically screen to see if people will have undesirable side effects from taking statin cholesterol drugs. Death, is one of the more ummm inconvenient possible side effects if you have this genetic issue with the drugs.

...A DNA test based on these findings could guide doctors as to whether a patient at high risk of heart disease will cope with a high dose of a statin, which might be more effective than a standard dose at preventing a heart attack or stroke. If a patient doesn’t have the gene variation, they’re likely to be at low risk of myopathy even on high statin dose.'...


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