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.