We have big medical news, about a promising new drug to treat congestive heart failure that is suffered by 5 million Americans. It could be the biggest break through in a decade. Jennifer Ashton is... See More
We have big medical news, about a promising new drug to treat congestive heart failure that is suffered by 5 million Americans. It could be the biggest break through in a decade. Jennifer Ashton is here. Good morning. Why is this so difficult to treat? Heart disease is the number one killer worldwide. In this may be the biggest medical story of the last 48 hours. But when you talk about heart failure, you have a weakened heart muscle pumping poorly to the rest of the body, and big problems with fluid overload, and the medications have hefty side effects and they're a band aid. This is a big study, just came out. What is this drug and what does it do? This is a combination of two drugs that targets the hormonal domino effect in patients, heart failure. It blocks the negative effects in heart failure and stimulates some of the protective mechani mechanism. This is the study here, this trial found a significant reduction in lives saved, reduced deaths due to heart failure and reduced hospitalizations due to heart failure. Accordologists are cautiously very optimistic. You say cautiously because it was funded by the drug make center. It should be. There are millions of lives and billions of dollars at stake. We want to see the results vetted and repeated, and hopefully that will happen. There needs to be transparency. We hope there will be. When can we get the drug? It could be as early as 2015, and it is expected to come with a hefty price tag, as much as probably $7 a day. Expensive but potentially a game-changer. Thank you. Dr. Ashton will be taking your questions. You can tweet her her, #socialsquare. So hopeful. And now to NASCAR superstar Tony Stewart, back on the track
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