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FDA panel OKs Crestor cholesterol pill’s wider use

GAITHERSBURG, Md. (AP) – Federal health advisers said Tuesday that expanded use of AstraZeneca’s cholesterol pill Crestor can benefit patients with healthy cholesterol levels by preventing heart attack, stroke and death.

A Food and Drug Administration panel of experts voted 12-4 with one abstention that Crestor’s benefits outweigh its risks in patients with normal cholesterol and no history of heart disease, setting the stage for a dramatic expansion of a drug that is already a blockbuster.

The FDA is not required to follow the group’s advice, though it usually does.