Next generation of cholesterol meds could be the worst yet
Move over statins -- you're yesterday's news. With the patents on all but one of the top-selling cholesterol meds now expired, Big Pharma is on the prowl for a new trophy wife.
He may have found her, too, in the form of a frightening new generation of cholesterol meds called PCSK9 inhibitors.
Instead of a daily pill, these drugs are injected every few weeks or even just once a month -- and the early word is they cause cholesterol levels to plunge even faster and further than statins ever did.
Sounds great, right? Wrong -- because your problem isn't high cholesterol in the first place. Despite what you've been told, your levels are almost certainly TOO LOW -- and I'll tell you more about what's at stake in a moment.
First, those PCSK9 inhibitors.
If you haven't heard of them, you just haven't heard of them YET. They're such a Big Honkin' Deal that the drug company giants...Regeneron, Sanofi, Amgen, Merck, Novartis, and Pfizer...are all racing to be first to market with one.
Lipitor alone did $13 billion a year at its peak, so you can see why they're practically drooling over this new stuff.
One of the new drugs, code-named REGN727, cut LDL cholesterol by as much as 65 percent compared to a placebo and even slashed levels in patients who were already taking a statin.
Another, code-named AMG 145, cut LDL levels by an average of 63 percent in eight weeks -- and slashed those levels by 66 percent in patients already taking statins.
In both cases, the researchers claimed there were no serious adverse events -- which is a real hoot when you consider they made the same claim about statins.
Some researchers said statins were so safe and effective they should be handed out with hamburgers and even dumped into the water supply.
Now, those same "safe" meds carry a warning list a mile long -- with reported side effects linking them to severe muscle pain, liver and kidney damage, memory loss, cataracts, sexual dysfunction, and more.
The FDA has even warned that these drugs can CAUSE diabetes!
But even if the drugs were safe -- and they're not -- low cholesterol itself is UNsafe. It can actually cause the very heart attacks you're trying to avoid and even boost your risk of cancer.
I've got the full story coming up next. Keep reading!