Statin Helps Reduce Stroke, Heart Attack, Revascularization

 

February 9, 2010

CRESTOR (rosuvastatin calcium) is now cleared by the FDA to reduce the risk of stroke, myocardial infarction and arterial revascularization procedures in individuals without clinically evident coronary heart disease. The new indication is for patients with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) based on age, high-sensitivity C-reactive, and the presence of at least one additional CVD risk factor, such as hypertension, low HDL-C, smoking, or a family history of premature coronary heart disease.

The FDA approval was based on data from the landmark JUPITER (Justification for the Use of statins in Primary prevention: an Intervention Trial Evaluating Rosuvastatin) study, which evaluated the impact of CRESTOR 20 mg on reducing major cardiovascular (CV) events in a previously unstudied population. In JUPITER, CRESTOR significantly reduced the relative risk of heart attack by 54 percent, stroke by 48 percent and arterial revascularization by 46 percent vs. placebo.

CRESTOR is already indicated in the United States as an adjunct to diet to reduce elevated total-C, LDL-C, ApoB, non-HDL-C, and TG levels and to increase HDL-C in patients with primary hyperlipidemia and mixed dyslipidemia. CRESTOR is also indicated as an adjunct to diet to slow the progression of atherosclerosis in adult patients as part of a treatment strategy to lower total-C and LDL-C to target levels.

For more information: www.astrazeneca.com

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