Skip to comments.Common heart drugs might be bird flu weapon
Posted on 06/30/2006 10:59:34 AM PDT by annie laurie
WASHINGTON - The worlds top-selling drugs, cholesterol-lowering statins, might provide a way to treat feared bird flu, according to a doctor and retired drug company executive who is trying to get the researchers to study the possibility.
Antivirals that affect the influenza virus are in short supply, and it will be years before vaccine makers can ramp up capacity enough to immunize the worlds population against a pandemic flu.
But what if there was a cheap and widely available drug that helped treat the flus worst symptoms and possibly save lives?
Evidence suggests that statin drugs, designed to lower cholesterol, might help turn a potentially deadly infection into a milder disease, according to Dr. David Fedson, who thinks world health authorities ought to take a harder look at the possibility.
Generic statins are available in virtually every country, said Fedson, a retired U.S. physician living in France.
Youll be able to take five days of statins in India for less than a dollar, Fedson, who was also director of medical affairs at Aventis Pasteur (now French drug company Sanofi Aventis, said in a telephone interview.
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Well, the guy probably has a point. If the bird flu produces a "cytokine storm", then statins might help.
There have been some trials using statins for MS. In MS there is also a cytokine storm.
The problem is statins can cause pretty significant side effects, but if it's only for a short time (what did the guy say, 5 days, then maybe the side effects would be minimal.)
How many folks here on FR are scared of the Bird Flu?
Not sure how many are "scared of" it; however, it would appear that a significant number are at least interested in the subject:
Ping to you, since I think you've posted a few threads on AF.
What's the big holdup?
Go to your library and read newspapers from 1918 when the last bird flu pandemic hit. Whole families died practically overnight in small towns across America.
It would be stupid not to take the current threat seriously. This is not junk science like global warming.
Yes, some. I think we've already talked about this subject...I was encouraged because I take 20mg of Lovastatin daily. There appears to be a number of benefits of taking statins other than its cholestoral lowering qualities.