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Use in normal-cholesterol patients is on the horizon — will over-the-counter be next?
The most frequently prescribed drug class in Canada may soon become much, much more popular.
AstraZeneca has filed an application with Health Canada to add a new indication for its drug rosuvastatin (Crestor). The application, filed late last year and still under review, asks that rosuvastatin be licensed for use in older patients with normal cholesterol levels but elevated high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (CRP). If approved, the new indication could potentially result in millions of Canadian patients being put on preventive statin therapy.
Whether or not AstraZeneca’s new application is approved, however, recent research makes it all but certain that statins are well on their way to far wider use in the years to come.
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