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Sep 6, 2019

Heart patients' all-in-one pill trial shows success during clinical trial

Australian heart patients who take several tablets could be one step closer to just taking one all-inclusive pill.

A trial of the new medication – the polypill – has found there are few side effects to taking the pill, which reduces their risk of stroke.

Dr Olataga Alofivae-Doorbinnia, one of the 70 Australian doctors with patients trialling polypills, has hailed the tablet as a “lifesaver”.

Her patient, 79-year-old Rhonda Fletcher agrees.

She used to take up to four blood pressure and cholesterol tablets but now only takes the one capsule.
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“(It’s) so confusing, sometimes you don’t know whether you have taken the right things or not,” Fletcher told 7NEWS.

The first major trial of polypills, tracking 7000 people over five years, has found the approach works.

“When we check their lipids and their blood pressure they are now coming to target,” Alofivae-Doorbinnia said.

As well as reducing heart attacks and strokes by one third, the polypills are a money saver.

Instead of having to purchase several $6.50 scripts, concession card holders will only need one.

“It’s so easy and very, very convenient,” Fletcher said.

But before the polypills are on the market, more clinical trials need to be conducted to meet Australia’s regulatory controls for efficacy and safety.


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