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PROF HAILS HEART DRUG.

Byline: JENNY FRIEL

A POTENTIALLY life-saving drug that will help fight heart disease and strokes has passed its human trials two years ahead of schedule.

A group of cardiac patients across Europe who tested the drug, called Lipitor, responded so well that scientists think it's almost ready for use.

Around 5,000 people given the drug saw their health risks reduced by a third.

The project's chief researcher Professor Peter Sever said: "We were surprised to have such effective results so soon as we estimated it would take about five years to get enough data to be sure.

"But we've seen a significant reduction in three years."

Lipitor reduces cholesterol levels to fight off heart disease and strokes which are responsible for 41 per cent of all deaths in Ireland.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 12, 2002
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