Report says Pfizer may try to market OTC Lipitor

Aug 4, 2011 Full story: NJ.com 11

Published: Wednesday, August 03, 2011, 6:49 PM Updated: Wednesday, August 03, 2011, 7:06 PM Star-Ledger file photo Pfizer on Wednesday declined to comment on reports it hopes to start marketing an over-the-counter version of its cholesterol drug Lipitor, the world's biggest-selling prescription drug, after the original version loses patent ...

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HumanSpirit

Alachua, FL

#1 Aug 4, 2011
Warning: The Statin drugs are dangerous and cause Alzheimer's and Dementia. The purpose is to fill the Nursing homes as an investment.
HumanSpirit

Alachua, FL

#2 Aug 4, 2011
Statins Cause Muscle Damage

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New Insights Into Link Between Anti-Cholesterol Statin Drugs and Depression

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ScienceDaily (July 7, 2010)— Scientists are reporting a possible explanation for the symptoms of anxiety and depression that occur in some patients taking the popular statin family of anti-cholesterol drugs, and reported by some individuals on low-cholesterol diets. These symptoms could result from long-term, low levels of cholesterol in the brain, the report suggests.

The research appears in the American Chemical Society's weekly journal Biochemistry.

Amitabha Chattopadhyay and colleagues note in the study that statins work by blocking a key enzyme involved in the body's production of cholesterol. Some studies link the drugs to an increased risk of anxiety and depression, but the reasons are unclear. The scientists previously showed that maintaining normal cholesterol levels is important for the function of cell receptors for serotonin, a brain hormone that influences mood and behavior. But the long-term effect of cholesterol depletion on these receptors, which can occur in patients taking anti-cholesterol drugs, is unknown.

The scientists turned to the statin medication mevastatin to find out. In lab tests using human serotonin receptors expressed in animal cells, they showed that long-term use of the drug caused significant changes in the structure and function of serotonin cell receptors. Adding cholesterol to cells treated with mevastatin restored them to normal. The results represent the first report describing the effect of long-term cholesterol depletion on this type of cell receptor and suggest that chronic, low cholesterol levels in the brain might trigger anxiety and depression, the scientists say.

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HumanSpirit

Alachua, FL

#3 Aug 4, 2011
The Dangers of Statin Drugs:

Cognitive Impairment

The November 2003 issue of Smart Money19 describes the case of Mike Hope, owner of a successful ophthalmologic supply company:
"There's an awkward silence when you ask Mike Hope his age. He doesn't change the subject or stammer, or make a silly joke about how he stopped counting at 21. He simply doesn't remember. Ten seconds pass. Then 20. Finally an answer comes to him.'I'm 56,' he says. Close, but not quite.'I will be 56 this year.' Later, if you happen to ask him about the book he's reading, you'll hit another roadblock. He can't recall the title, the author or the plot."
Statin use since 1998 has caused his speech and memory to fade. He was forced to close his business and went on Social Security 10 years early. Things improved when he discontinued Lipitor in 2002, but he is far from complete recovery--he still cannot sustain a conversation. What Lipitor did was turn Mike Hope into an old man when he was in the prime of life.
Cases like Mike's have shown up in the medical literature as well. An article in Pharmacotherapy, December 2003, for example, reports two cases of cognitive impairment associated with Lipitor and Zocor.20 Both patients suffered progressive cognitive decline that reversed completely within a month after discontinuation of the statins. A study conducted at the University of Pittsburgh showed that patients treated with statins for six months compared poorly with patients on a placebo in solving complex mazes, psychomotor skills and memory tests.21
Dr. Golomb has found that 15 percent of statin patients develop some cognitive side effects.22 The most harrowing involve global transient amnesia--complete memory loss for a brief or lengthy period--described by former astronaut Duane Graveline in his book Lipitor: Thief of Memory.23 Sufferers report baffling incidents involving complete loss of memory--arriving at a store and not remembering why they are there, unable to remember their name or the names of their loved ones, unable to find their way home in the car.
These episodes occur suddenly and disappear just as suddenly. Graveline points out that we are all at risk when the general public is taking statins--do you want to be in an airplane when your pilot develops statin-induced amnesia?
While the pharmaceutical industry denies that statins can cause amnesia, memory loss has shown up in several statin trials. In a trial involving 2,502 subjects, amnesia occurred in seven receiving Lipitor; amnesia also occurred in two of 742 subjects during comparative trials with other statins. In addition, "abnormal thinking" was reported in four of the 2,502 clinical trial subjects.24 The total recorded side effects was therefore 0.5 percent; a figure that likely under-represents the true frequency since memory loss was not specifically studied in these trials.

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HumanSpirit

Alachua, FL

#4 Aug 4, 2011
The Common Drug that Destroys Your Memory

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HumanSpirit

Alachua, FL

#5 Aug 4, 2011
Lawsuits filed over Lipitor side effects

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Lawsuits filed over Lipitor side effects

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Side Effects From Lipitor Include Alzheimers Symptoms.

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Statin Drugs Side Effects and the Misguided War on Cholesterol

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Lipitor Neurological Side Effect: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Alzheimer's

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Statins' Mind-Boggling Effects
Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs Might Conceal Potential Problems

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I wonder how much is invested in the nursing homes.

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Noncardiac Benefits of Statins Found Lacking

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Peripheral Neuropathy Caused by Statins

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HumanSpirit

Alachua, FL

#6 Aug 4, 2011
What you need to know about statin drugs side effects

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Video Information
This is the latest animation from the Health Ranger, revealing the health dangers of statin drugs. According to a study published in the British Medical Journal, statin drugs cause liver dysfunction, acute kidney failure. cataracts and extreme muscle weakness (among other side effects).

This video encourages people to think twice about taking statin drugs. Statin drugs also deplete CoQ10, a vital nutrient for heart health and cellular energy. That's why people feel so week when taking statins.

Cholesterol is not a "disease," and statin drugs are synthetic chemicals that are not bio-compatible with the human body.

Learn more at www.NaturalNews.com

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HumanSpirit

Alachua, FL

#7 Aug 4, 2011
Lipitor Neurological Side Effect: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Alzheimer's

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Statins' Mind-Boggling Effects
Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs Might Conceal Potential Problems

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HumanSpirit

Alachua, FL

#8 Aug 4, 2011
Big Pharma lies about statin drugs finally exposed in British Medical Journal

To hear Big Pharma tell it, statin drugs are "miracle" medicines that have prevented millions of heart attacks and strokes. But a recent study published in the British Medical Journal tells a completely different story: For every heart attack prevented by the drug, two or more people suffered liver damage, kidney failure, cataracts or extreme muscle weakness as a result of taking the drug.

Statin drugs, in other words, harm far more people than they help.

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HumanSpirit

Alachua, FL

#9 Aug 4, 2011
Cholesterol-Reducing Drugs May Lessen Brain Function, Says Researcher

ScienceDaily (Feb. 26, 2009)— Research by an Iowa State University scientist suggests that cholesterol-reducing drugs known as statins may lessen brain function

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"If you deprive cholesterol from the brain, then you directly affect the machinery that triggers the release of neurotransmitters," said Shin. "Neurotransmitters affect the data-processing and memory functions. In other words -- how smart you are and how well you remember things."

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Wall Street Journal

Surprise! Your brain needs cholesterol

“The brain is largely cholesterol, much of it in the myelin sheaths that insulate nerve cells and in the synapses that transmit nerve impulses. Some doctors theorize that lowering cholesterol could slow the connections that facilitate thought and memory. Statins may also lead to the formation of abnormal proteins seen in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients.”

The Journal article also cites that “cognitive effects (fuzzy thinking and memory loss) are the second most common problem, after muscle aches, reported by patients to the Statin Effect Study at the University of California, San Diego.”

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Cholesterol-lowering drugs reduce brain function

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Research by an Iowa State University scientist due to be published this month in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences indicates that cholesterol-lowering drugs (statins) may lessen brain function.
The results of the study show that drugs that inhibit the liver from making cholesterol may also keep the brain from making cholesterol, which is vital to efficient brain function.
“If you deprive cholesterol from the brain, then you directly affect the machinery that triggers the release of neurotransmitters,”, said Yeon-Kyun Shin, the lead researcher.“Neurotransmitters affect the data-processing and memory functions. In other words – how smart you are and how well you remember things.”
Cholesterol is abundant in the tissue of the brain and nervous system. Myelin, which covers nerve axons to help conduct the electrical impulses that make movement, sensation, thinking, learning, and remembering possible, is over one fifth cholesterol by weight. Even though the brain only makes up 2% of the body’s weight, it contains 25% of its cholesterol.

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HumanSpirit

Alachua, FL

#10 Aug 4, 2011
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