The “Children” and CholesterolWednesday, November 16, 2011
An “expert” panel appointed by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute is recommending that all children start taking Lipitor be tested for high cholesterol (as defined by the special interest medical establishment) starting at age nine. The American Academy of Pediatrics has endorsed this lunacy. For children with “high” cholesterol, first comes the government prescription (following the government’s high-carb, anti-fat dietary guidelines), and when that doesn’t work, then comes the Big Pharma solution.
The guidelines recommend that children ages 9 to 11 whose total cholesterol level is elevated get retested with a more specific test — which requires 12 hours of fasting beforehand — to measure their exact level of LDL, or “bad” cholesterol. Those with an LDL level at or above 130 milligrams per deciliter should receive dietary counseling that maps out an eating plan rich in fruits, vegetables, and lean protein and low in foods rich in saturated fat, such as red meat and whole-milk dairy foods. They’re also encouraged to get an hour of exercise every day.
If those approaches don’t work after six months to lower cholesterol levels, medications can be tried.
Of course, it’s a small mention that the greatest cash cow in the history of the pharmaceutical industry, Lipitor, is fading away without its glory days of patents and government protection – and yes, I repeat myself. An article on Reuters notes that:
Lipitor’s U.S. patent expires on November 30, unleashing a wave of cheap generics and ending a fabled run that began in 1997.
“There’s Lipitor and then there’s the rest,” said Michael Kleinrock, research director of IMS Institute, which tracks sales of prescription drugs. “This is a real giant in the history of our industry and we may not see its likes for a while.”
The article goes on to describe how the world’s next kingpin drugs are those for rheumatoid arthritis and Alzheimer’s, that is, until the pharmaceutical industry can come up with the perfect fat-melting drug that will cure the world of obesity.