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Polypill inventor puts product online after failing to get backing from industry

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 19 June 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f3991
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1BMJ

Healthy people with no history of cardiovascular events will be able to buy over the internet a combination of four drugs that reduce cholesterol concentrations and blood pressure, after the professor behind the concept of the polypill launched the product online to bring it to people in the UK.

Nicholas Wald, head of the centre for environmental and preventive medicine at Queen Mary University of London, told the BMJ that he took the action to launch the product after the polypill failed to attract backing from a drug company.

“Over the years we have tried to see whether big pharma were interested, but they do not see it as a big money winner,” he said. “It is priced at about £1 [€1.20; $1.60] a day, and I think …

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