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Study reveals statins may have fewer benefits than previously thought

October 25th, 2012

A new study published in the PLOS Medicine… medical journal indicates that statins such as Crestor may have fewer benefits than previously thought. Most notably, results of the study contradict previous findings that drugs like Crestor have a substantial effect on lowering the risks of veinous thrombosis.

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Crestor diabetes risk outweighs benefits for primary prevention

June 6th, 2012

Patients who use Crestor for primary prevention of strokes and heart disease but have no prior history of either are more likely to develop diabetes than they are to prevent adverse events, according to an article in the Saturday Evening Post. Crestor is a widely prescribed cholesterol drug in a class called statins.…

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CEO of Crestor manufacturer to step down due to sales decline

May 25th, 2012

The chief executive officer of the company that makes Crestor will retire on June 1, citing a decline in overall sales as the reason for his decision. During David Brennan’s time at AstraZeneca, the company’s total profits dropped 11% as its top-selling cholesterol drug Crestor faced competition from generics and concern about the drug’s side effects.…

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FDA officials details steps of Crestor diabetes warning

April 5th, 2012

In a recently published interview, a Deputy Director of Safety for the Food and Drug Administration has detailed the recent labeling changes and warnings for cholesterol-lowering drugs such as Crestor. Doctor Amy Egan explained that the drugs, known as statins, must carry warnings for side effects that could lead to type II diabetes.…

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Top cardiologist concerned with Crestor diabetes risk

March 9th, 2012

A prominent cardiologist has argued against the widespread use of Crestor and other statins because they could cause an increased of developing type II diabetes. Cardiologist and professor Eric Topol wrote in a New York Times… opinion piece that cholesterol-lowering drugs such as Crestor could be a greater risk than benefit to patients without a pre-existing heart condition.

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FDA issues memory loss, diabetes warning about Crestor and statins

February 28th, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration has issued a Crestor warning that links the drug to an increased risk of high blood sugar, diabetes and memory problems. The FDA also warned about a risk of these side effects with two similar drugs, Lipitor and Zocor.…

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Researchers warn of Crestor side effects risk

February 9th, 2012

Researchers in the United Kingdom have warned against purchasing cholesterol-lowering statins such as Crestor online because of the potential for unlisted side effects. Though some generic versions of Crestor found online are of acceptable quality, many websites fail to warn consumers of the increased risks of side effects, such as heart problems.…

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Statins linked to possible diabetes risk increase in women

January 19th, 2012

Research published in the Archives of Internal Medicine… has found an increased risk of developing type II diabetes among women using statins such as Crestor. Though originally intended for patients at risk of heart attacks, statins are also sometimes prescribed as a preventative measure for low-risk patients.

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FDA issued Crestor kidney failure warning

December 2nd, 2011

Some patients who use Crestor to reduce their cholesterol have reported experiencing kidney failure, the Food and Drug Administration has warned. According to the agency, Crestor patients have reported indicators of renal failure, such as trace amounts of blood in the urine.…

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Crestor fails to beat Lipitor in cholesterol levels test

December 1st, 2011

A new study published last month in the New England Journal of Medicine… has found that Crestor failed to beat Lipitor in its ability to lower cholesterol levels in patients. The study was released just weeks before Lipitor was scheduled to lose its patent protection, which could help to further increase the drug’s dominance in the cholesterol medication market.

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