Tell me it ain't so. The good news it's from 2009. Google "heart disease and Gleevec" it's the third article. Yikes!
I really hate to bring this up but I googled heart disease and gleevec and this awful article in the NY Times that lists Gleevec with two other drugs as ones that cause heart disease.
Posted 16 June 2014 - 10:20 PM
Posted 18 June 2014 - 11:51 AM
Later research and patient experience does not back up those earlier reports. If a patient is elderly they may want to keep a closer watch on heart issues, but that is true for any elderly person, Gleevec or not.
Recent data found that there wer only 6 cardiovascular events in 280 Imatinib patients surveyed, and "85% of these patients with cardiovascular events had at least one prior risk factor and were not optimally managed for hyperglycemia and hypercholosterolemia"
Posted 18 June 2014 - 11:03 PM
Thanks for that Trey. Novartis does say that is why they don't want to give up the patent, because they have made improvements. And this article was 5 years ago.
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