FDA approves omega-3 fatty drug to reduce heart disease, stroke and death

The drug, VASCEPA, has been developed and tested for the last 10 years; natural sources of omega-3 fatty acid include salmon, mackerel, cod and soybeans.
1:45 | 12/14/19

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medical headline this morning. The fda just approved the use of a drug made from Omega-3 fatty acids to reduce heart disease, stroke and death in some cases. Dr. Ashton is here. Tell us what this drug is. So, this is interesting. It's the brand sold by vascepa and it is the first drug to be approved by the fda as an adjunct to statin therapies so when we said in some patients that is the key. This is not for everyone to prevent heart disease. These are for people with high cholesterol already on a Staten. This drug is made with Omega-3 fatty acids. It's unclear how the mechanism works to reduce the risk of stroke, heart attack, death from cardiac events, but this is potentially big news in the world of cardiology. It's basically taken from Yeah, exactly. So what are the risks here and are there alternatives? Absolutely important questions to ask. Any time you talk about benefit you have to ask about risks and then other options. Risks or side effects with this drug, really mild but they can include bleeding, irregular heart rate, some musculoskeletal aches. The cost so far, wholesale cost, $300 a month. We were in touch with two patients yesterday who said they're only paying a $30 co-pay and then options, the American heart association recommends two servings of fatty fish per week, things like cod, mackerel, oysters, even Omega-3 fatty acids found in chia seeds but caution and this is really important, Dan. The American heart association recommends people with high triglycerides which is really what this drug is targeting do not self-treat or self-medicate with supplements. Work with a health care professional. Great advice as always, Dr. Jen, we'll be back later to talk about the flu numbers.

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