Combo Heart Drug

Sylvia Steedman September 09, 2017 

I see dark clouds building in the horizon. Dark clouds for the millions of patients with some sort of heart condition.

Yesterday, Associated Press reported that a new combination drug was in the works. In fact a clinical trial had already been conducted, look alteril. This drug was developed by Cadila Pharmaceuticals of India. They have pushed the envelope all the way where the big dogs dare not tread.

This drug names Polycap contains:

aspirin (100 mg)
generic Zocor
atenolol (Tenormin)
ramipril (Tritace or Ramace)
thiazide (diuretic)
It has been studied so far among several thousands of patients and the lead researchers are from Canada and India. So far many specialists in the US who have been interviewed have been drooling praises for this drug.

I'm sure that such a drug will be beneficial for all the patients out there who find it a huge hurdle to comply with the required timing of doses, to have just one pill to pop. Moreover, being a generic drug, the savings on the US healthcare system is going to be colossalnd and maybe Obama himself will take a personal interest in it. :)

When I was a product manager with Astra Pharmaceuticals in the 1990s, I was preparing to launch a blood pressure combination drug that contained a betablocker and a calcium channel blocker. It was never launched for some reason that I still don't know, as I had already left the company.

All pharma companies salivate with lust thinking about getting more and more drugs into anybody with a heart beat (even if it's a murmur). That's the reason they exist, so they are being faithful to their objectives of getting their top and bottom lines raised.

Here's what my experience as a cardiovascular drug product manager highlights as the problem with these type of drugs.

1. Each patient is different so a one-size-fits-all pill will not be precise

2. It makes the doctor lazy as he/she will now just make a cursory examination and think that management multiple symptoms can be easily solved with one drug

3. The patient will become lazy and irresponsible thinking that there is a miracle drug to cure his problems. Little does he realize that no cardiovascular drug has cured anyone from high blood pressure, high cholesterol or any heart disease. Drugs are just a management tool.

This is not an April Fool's Day joke.

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