The pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca got it's way recently as the FDA has approved the marketing and use of Crestor for kids with high cholesterol from ages 10 to 17.
Forbes was among the first to make the announcement.
Because this is a big deal to shareholders and investors, that's why.
AstraZeneca just expanded their target market. Hooray!
Meanwhile, kids from ten to seventeen years old will get the "honor" of helping spike up profits by using an unneeded drug during a critical phase of growth and development.
Do you think extra care and caution will be given to children in this range to see that they are attempting proper lifestyle changes like improved diet and exercise first?
(Of course, we already know that the doctor recommended diet tips don't work for adults, so why would they work for kids?)
Do you think doctors will closely examine the HDL to LDL ratio of these kids instead of just looking at the raw LDL number before scribbling on their prescription pad?
Again, we already know they typically don't do that for adults. Sadly, I think we already know how doctors will respond.
The FDA has approved it, so "it must be safe".
That's like saying, "A politician said it, so it must be true."
The FDA's track record of "Ooops, we were wrong about the safety of that drug" is long, documented, and deadly.
I urge you to find the real causes of high cholesterol and natural remedies that actually work … if not for yourself … do it for your kids and grandkids. They're counting on us to take care of them.
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