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New FDA Standards May Draw Ire from Healthcare Firms


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New FDA Standards May Draw Ire from Healthcare Firms

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration is mandating the producers of cholesterol-lowering medications to include new safety warnings, The Associated Press reports.

Recent studies have suggested that statins — used in medications such as Lipitor, Crestor and Zocor — may cause memory loss. Drugs featuring the ingredient must warn consumers on labels of the reported memory loss and confusion problems. Fortunately, the conditions aren't serious and tend to go away after patients stopped taking the medication.

"Statins are mainly prescribed to prevent heart attacks in people with clogged arteries and work by dramatically lowering LDL or 'bad cholesterol.' They were the third best-selling drug class in the U.S. for 2010," the news source notes.

"The updated labels will also mention elevated levels of blood sugar reported in some patients taking statins," the AP added.

Cholesterol medications aren't the only drug the FDA has recently issued new warnings about. Several birth control manufacturers — such as Yaz — were made to add warnings about elevated blood clot risks to their labels.