Bayer decides to withdraw cholesterol lowering drug

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 18 August 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:359
  1. Fred Charatan
  1. Florida

    Cerivastatin (Baycol in the United States, Lipobay in the United Kingdom), a cholesterol lowering drug made by Bayer Corporation and initially approved in the US in 1997, has been withdrawn by the manufacturer. There have been 31 deaths in the US from severe rhabdomyolysis in patients taking the drug. Twelve patients were taking concomitant gemfibrozil, which lowers blood concentration of triglycerides.

    Rhabdomyolysis, a serious and potentially fatal adverse effect of …

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