Statin Drug Usage Jumps 150%, Heart Attacks Unchanged

The U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality reported this week that cholesterol lowering drugs called statins rose by 156 percent between 2000 and 2005. Spending on these stating drugs by US patients jumped from $7.7 billion to $19.7 billion. However, there is no proof or research to prove that these drugs actually reduce the…

Study: Erythromycin Can Trigger Cardiac Arrest

Study: Erythromycin Can Trigger Cardiac Arrest A common antibiotic, Erythromycin, prescribed for 50 years to treat everything from strep throat to syphilis dramatically increases the risk of cardiac arrest, especially when taken with certain newer, popular drugs, a study found Background: Oral erythromycin (a common antibiotic) prolongs cardiac repolarization and is associated with case reports…