Miracle $1 pill can save 100.000 lives
Published: May 5, 2008 | 7012th good news item since 2003
A NEW wonder “poly-pill” could prevent 80 per cent of heart attacks and strokes in the over-55s.
It’s claimed the miracle five-inone pill could halt over 100,000 premature deaths each year.
And one in three people could live an extra 20 years without a heart attack or stroke.
UK researchers say the pill would have a greater impact on the prevention of disease in the Western world than any other medical intervention.
They want it to be available for just $1 a day.
Government heart disease chief Professor Roger Boyle has given the drug his support and wants it prescribed on the NHS.
He said: “It would certainly have a big impact.
“We need to remember that one-third of deaths are due to cardiovascular disease.”
The pill contains folic acid to help reduce heart attacks, three types of medicine to reduce high blood pressure and a cholesterol-reducing statin.
Inventor Professor Nicholas Wald said: “I am delighted that we have reached this milestone.
“Now we want to get it out there so people can use it.”
It’s hoped the pill will be prescribed in the UK in two years.