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The Crestor Study: A Humorous Addendum

Posted Nov 21 2008 1:54pm

While most of the news stories following the release of the JUPITER study were serious –- some for and others against –- a few people found considerable humor in the study’s conclusion that many more people might benefit from taking statins, and in particular, Crestor. (See “Statins (Crestor) for Everyone? Or Could Diet and Nutritional Supplements Do the Job Better?" )

Some of the people who added to the discussion with HUMOR:

1)    “Cheating Death" --  Stephen Colbert

A very funny video covering several medical stories –- including the JUPITER/Crestor study -– with great wit. Colbert calls the study “a great breakthrough in the battle to find things prescribe to people who don’t need them.” His response to a doctor, critical of the study, who advises “a cautious approach” to prescribing statins preventatively: “Someone hasn’t gotten enough free Crestor pens!” And Colbert says that the cost of prescribing Crestor ($100 a month) is a “small price to pay to not have the heart attack that there’s no way of knowing if you would have had.” A delightful spoof.

2) The Happy Hospitalist gives a solution, as well -- part of which is:

I have a solution:

•    All Americans will now get Crestor to reduce their CRP to reduce their chances of developing heart disease.
•    All Americans Will now get lisinopril to prevent the proteinuria they will get from their diabetes they get from Crestor
•    All Americans will now take metformin to treat the diabetes they developed while taking Crestor

•    All Americans will now take Lyrica to prophylax for the the neuropathic pain they will get from developing diabetes while taking Crestor.
•    All Americans will now take an aspirin to reduce the risk of developing a stroke from the diabetes they got from taking Crestor.
•    All Americans will now take prilosec to reduce the risk of developing an ulcer from the aspirin they were taking to reduce the risk of stroke due to the diabetes they developed while taking Crestor to reduce their asymptomatic CRP level.
•    All Americans will now take carvedilol to reduce the risk of death from the coronary artery disease they developed as a result of the diabetes they developed as a result of the Crestor they were taking to reduce their CRP to reduce their chances of developing coronary artery disease.

There is more to his solution at the above link.

3) I will conclude by including a link to an April 28, 2006 “New Rules,” from “Real Time with Bill Maher."

Although this edition of “New Rules” comes from over two years ago, you’ll enjoy the way Maher makes fun of several “diseases” created by Big Pharma, in order to sell drugs.




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