Polypill, remedy miracle or vast deception?

Reduce the leading cause of mortality by 80%! This is the incredible announcement of two British researchers. The solution is to be found in the combination of several medicines known cardiovascular disease. But after the hope, the “polypill” is today in the heart of a controversy.

The announcement of a compound able to eradicate cardiovascular disease left bode well to the discovery of a new unique compound. But in reality, the long-awaited cure could be that a clever mix of existing drugs.

Polypill

A carefully measured cocktail
Presented as the most important article published for 50 years by the prestigious British Medical Journal1, the work of researchers at the University of London Nicholas Ward and Malcolm2 Law undoubtedly constitute an event. Authors went through various studies of large magnitude (meta-analyses) and followed by population, comprising altogether 750 therapeutic trials on more 400 000 people! Continue reading “Polypill, remedy miracle or vast deception?”